National Diabetes Week runs from 10 – 16 July 2022.
There are multiple types of diabetes, but Type 2 Diabetes makes up 85-90% of all cases and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are almost four times more likely than non-Indigenous Australians to have diabetes or pre-diabetes.
- Normally sugar (glucose) is a fuel that comes from some types of food you eat and drink, and it gives your body energy. Insulin (made by an organ in your belly called the pancreas) helps tell the sugar where to go and to keep your blood sugar levels normal.
- Type 2 diabetes is when your body stops responding correctly to the insulin your body is making. When this happens you might feel tired, weak, thirsty, go to the toilet more often, have blurred vision or pins and needles.
- If your blood sugar is not well controlled it can increase your risk of having complications such as heart attacks, strokes, vision loss, nerve damage, kidney damage, and more.
- You can prevent getting type 2 diabetes or improve your sugar control if you do have diabetes, by staying fit, getting plenty of exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating a healthy diet low in sugar, fat, and salt.
- Medication and regular monitoring of your blood sugar with a blood test every 3 months is key to effectively managing diabetes and is the best way to prevent diabetes-related complications.
If you are overdue for your regular diabetes monitoring blood test, or if you have any symptoms, you think might be related to diabetes, or have a strong family history of diabetes and want to have a screening blood test, make an appointment with Kambu Health today!
Ipswich Clinic PH (07) 3810 3000
Laidley Clinic PH (07) 5465 3541