Diabetes Awareness

Written by rebeccah

More than half a billion people now live with diabetes, with 1 in 9 people expected to have diabetes by 2030.

Diabetes is a condition impacting your ability to maintain normal glucose (sugar) levels in the blood through a  hormone called insulin. Without proper management diabetics are at an increased risk of developing other health conditions such as a stroke, heart attack, vision loss, kidney failure, liver damage, sexual dysfunction and lower-limb amputation.

Light pink background with three images spread out horizontally. 
1st image: orange insulin medication container. 
2nd image: individual with diabetes with an insulin pump. 
3rd image: hand putting blood drop onto glucometer.

You are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes if you have:

  • a family history of diabetes
  • unhealthy eating habits
  • high blood pressure

or are

  • overweight
  • older in age
  • physically inactive

How can it be prevented?

Type 1 diabetes currently cannot be prevented, however, there are several ways to reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, such as:

  • Getting regular exercise
  • Eating healthy foods
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Stop smoking
  • Managing your blood pressure and cholesterol levels

Look out for common warning signs of diabetes such as:

  •  blurry vision
  •  excessive thirst
  •  losing weight without trying
  •  urinating frequently
  •  low energy
  •  tingling or numbness in your hands and feet
  •  frequent infections
  •  wounds that heal slowly

Find more of our health tips here.

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Sources:

Diabetes Australia. About diabetes. https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/about-diabetes/

International Diabetes Federation. 2022. About World Diabetes Day. https://worlddiabetesday.org/about/understandingdiabetes/

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