- Do you have or are you caring for a person with type 2 diabetes?
- How can you better manage diabetes through a healthy lifestyle?
As a person with diabetes, you know how hard it can be to come to terms with the shock of diagnosis and managing the complete lifestyle change.You are not alone!
Currently over one million Australians are living with diabetes and over two million Australians display symptoms of pre-diabetes. Diabetes Australia has launched a campaign during National Diabetes Week, July 14-20, urging all Australians and governments to act to raise awareness and prevention of diabetes.
Diabetes Australia CEO Professor Greg Johnson said the disconnect between public perception of risk and reality is a major concern. ‘280 Australians develop diabetes every day – nearly 100,000 Australians developed diabetes in the past year. The continuing rise of this epidemic and the high impact on everyday Australians cannot be ignored.’
Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes, affecting 85-90% of all people with diabetes. Type 2 diabetes results from a combination of genetic and environmental factors, with the risk greatly increased by lifestyle factors such as poor diet, high blood pressure, being overweight or obese and insufficient physical activity. As a carer or someone who has been diagnosed with diabetes this presents additional challenges to manage these factors.
There is currently no cure for type 2 diabetes. It can often initially be managed with healthy eating and regular physical activity. However, over time most people with type 2 diabetes may also need tablets and many will also require insulin.
As a carer of someone with diabetes, or if you are diabetic you need to be mindful of diet, exercise levels and overall health to ensure the prevention of additional complications.
Choosing healthy foods and being active will help manage with blood glucose levels, blood pressure and body weight. Meals and snacks should contain low fat levels and complex carbohydrates, and should be eaten at specific times to balance blood sugar and insulin levels.
Regular physical exercise will also assist in the management of diabetes and overall health. Exercise helps insulin to work more effectively, assists in weight control and reduces the risk of heart disease.
In extreme cases and if people with diabetes ignore their symptoms and don’t monitor their health and wellbeing the feet, eyes, kidneys and heart can be at risk.
In addition, people with diabetes can develop flu complications, (especially at this time of year) so a visit to your local GP for an annual flu shot could help.
At Just Better Care we understand that every person’s requirements are different, so whether it’s healthy meal preparation, assistance with transport to the gym to help maintain your exercise regime, or simply respite support, contact us for more information.