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National Diabetes Week: 8th - 14 July 2018

Source: Providence Medical
Archived 5 Sep 2018 - Posted: 7 Jul 2018
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In July 2018, National Diabetes Week aims to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and early treatment for all types of diabetes as part of the "It's About Time" campaign.

Too many Australians are being diagnosed with diabetes too late. This is true for both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. The delay in diagnosis is putting many people at risk of major life- threatening health problems.

Diabetes is:

  • the leading cause of blindness in adults
  • a leading cause of kidney failure
  • the leading cause of preventable limb amputations
  • increases the risk of heart attacks and stroke by up to four times

Early diagnosis, treatment, ongoing support and management can reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications. Our doctors at Providence Medical have compiled relevant information on both types of diabetes to help aid early detection of diabetes and effectively manage the condition.

It’s About Time we detected all types of diabetes earlier and save lives!

EARLY DETECTION

Could you or a loved one have diabetes?

Find out more about the signs and symptoms to watch out for below:

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune condition in which the immune system is activated to destroy the cells in the pancreas which produce insulin. We do not know what causes this auto-immune reaction. Type 1 diabetes is not linked to modifiable lifestyle factors. There is no cure and it cannot be prevented which is why early detection is crucial for effective management.

Symptoms

  • Being excessively thirsty
  • Passing more urine
  • Feeling tired and lethargic
  • Always feeling hungry
  • Having cuts that heal slowly
  • Itching, skin infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Mood swings
  • Headaches
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Leg cramps

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes represents 85–90 per cent of all cases of diabetes and is 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.

We do not know what causes type 2 diabetes, but it is associated with modifiable lifestyle risk factors. Type 2 diabetes also has strong genetic and family related risk factors.

Symptoms

Many people with type 2 diabetes display no symptoms. As type 2 diabetes is commonly (but not always) diagnosed at a later age, sometimes signs are dismissed as a part of ‘getting older’. In some cases, by the time type 2 diabetes is diagnosed, the complications of diabetes may already be present.

Symptoms include:

  • Being excessively thirsty
  • Passing more urine
  • Feeling tired and lethargic
  • Always feeling hungry
  • Having cuts that heal slowly
  • Itching, skin infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Gradually putting on weight
  • Mood swings
  • Headaches
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Leg cramps

EARLY TREATMENT

What to do if you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes:

Type 1 Diabetes Management:

Symptoms may occur suddenly so if they do occur, please see a doctor. Through a simple test, a doctor can find out if they are the result of type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is managed with insulin injections several times a day or the use of an insulin pump. While your lifestyle choices didn’t cause type 1 diabetes, the choices you make now can reduce the impact of diabetes-related complications including kidney disease, limb amputation and blindness.

Type 2 Diabetes Management:

While there is currently no cure for type 2 diabetes, the condition can be managed through lifestyle modifications and medication. Type 2 diabetes is progressive and needs to be managed effectively to prevent complications.

If you have any concerns please see your GP, its about time we all get on top of diabetes and help prevent and effectively manage the condition. If you or a loved one has diabetes, please ask our team about tailoring a care plan to suit your needs.

Three convenient locations offering a fresh approach to your health care:

Providence Medical Warners Bay - 472 The Esplanade, Warners Bay NSW 2282

Providence Medical & Dental, Belmont - Shop 3-6, Belmont Central Shopping Centre, 1 Singleton St, Belmont NSW 2290

Providence Medical Thornton - 4 Bunbury St, Thornton NSW 2322

#itsabouttime #ndw2018

This article archived 5 Sep 2018

 
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