How To Best Manage Diabetes

How To Best Manage Diabetes

Diabetes according to Diabetes Australia is a complex condition that results in abnormal levels of glucose in the blood. As glucose is the primary source of energy in the human body, this causes an array of both short, and long-term health complications.

Diabetes occurs in three main types; type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. Definitions are listed below as per Diabetes Australia.

Type 1 Diabetes: an autoimmune condition in which the immune system is activated to destroy the cells in the pancreas which produce insulin.

Type 2 Diabetes: a progressive condition in which the body becomes resistant to the normal effects of insulin and/or gradually loses the capacity to produce enough insulin in the pancreas

Gestational Diabetes: a form of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy. Most women will no longer have diabetes after the baby is born. However, some women will continue to have high blood glucose levels after delivery. It is diagnosed when higher than normal blood glucose levels first appear during pregnancy.

All three types of diabetes are also increasing in prevalence with type 2 accounting for 85% of all diabetes. Although there is a collection of factors that contribute to an increased risk of diabetes, the spike of type 2 diabetes in particular is partially due to the impacts of an obesity spike in Australia.

Complications that result from diabetes include; blindness, amputations, heart disease and kidney disease.

As with any chronic conditions, diabetes results in many impacts beyond the physical complications. The stigma that 4 in 5 diabetes patients experience creates an environment for mental and emotional health to worsen. Diabetes Australia states that 50 per cent of people with diabetes have experienced mental health challenges in the last 12 months.

It is important to advocate and support this group of people and Diabetes Australia does so by creating National Diabetes Week (11th – 17th July 2021).

Unfortunately, there is no cure for diabetes and the only way to survive with the condition is through strict management of insulation.

Blood insulin levels are managed through blood glucose monitors followed up by insulin injections (type 1 diabetes) to hopefully avoid the complications that arise from abnormal blood glucose.

If you are a diabetes patient, ask your local GP if you should consider a non-invasive ABI test. There are many GP’s in Australia who have the ability to perform this test.

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