Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the body struggles to regulate its own blood glucose levels.
Our fastest-growing chronic condition
Type 2 diabetes, which accounts for 85 per cent of all cases, is largely preventable.
It’s a combination of insulin resistance and impaired insulin production, and is strongly associated with high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, and excess weight (particularly around the waist).
Type 2 Diabetes is Australia’s fastest-growing chronic condition.
Diabetes: A snapshot
- According to Diabetes Australia, around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes, and a further 2 million are at high risk of developing it.
- The full cost of diabetes to the Australian economy is estimated to be as high as $14 billion per year
- The World Health Organisation predicts diabetes will be the seventh leading cause of death by 2030.
Take a look at the video below to find out more about diabetes and blood glucose levels.
Diabetes is preventable
Research shows type 2 diabetes can be prevented — and even reversed early on — with lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise.
According to Diabetes Australia, a small weight loss (5-10% of your body weight) can make a big difference, and reduce your risk of developing complications like heart disease, stroke and some cancers.
If you need help with your diabetes, or you think you’re at risk, chat with your doctor at PVH Medical.
Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.