Hi everyone 🙂
How are you today?
This week is Diabetes Awareness Week in Australia- Sunday 8- Sunday 15 July 2012. Today, the new research and approaches to battle diabetes will be discussed at the Diabetes and Sustainable Population Forum (by Australian Diabetes Council) at NSW Parliament House.
The latest population health surveys and newly released census data shows that diabetes is the Australia’s fastest growing chronic disease with 1 person diagnosed every 5minutes. Can you imagine?! To be honest with you, that is more regular than my train interval! It’s 12 people in 1 hour, 288 people everyday!! And at that rate, diabetes will be (almost) double by 2016, at which point it will become the major cause of morbidity and mortality in Australia.
It goes without saying- we don’t want to ever reach that point. If we were at that point, there won’t be a turn back. But, what we can do now, is to raise awareness as much as possible in order to prevent that from happening. And, I think this is relevant for everyone, regardless where you live- be it Australia, America, Indonesia, UK, etc.
Why? ..because we care!
We want to stop it from happening. Apart from the risk of complication, people with diabetes are also 3-4times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke, than those without diabetes.
Basically, diabetes is high blood sugar level. There are two types- diabetes type I and II. Type II diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and is associated with lifestyle factors such as high blood pressure, overweight or obesity (especially central adiposity or around the waist), lack of physical activity (sedentary lifestyle) and poor diet. Unlike type I diabetes where the pancreas is not able to make insulin, in type II diabetes, the pancreas is able to make insulin however it does not work effectively. The insulin is not sensitive anymore to the sugars in the blood, as it is too high.
If you can imagine it this way- insulin is like a bouncer of a night club, sugar is like a pretty girl. In normal situation, after meal times, where the sugar level is high, pretty girls are walking down the street, and the bouncer (insulin) will try to get them into the club (cell). In people with diabetes, the sugar level is always high, there are too many pretty girls walking pass, and the bouncer doesn’t care anymore- he is no longer allowing those pretty girls into the club!
I hope I didn’t confuse you with my imagination- let me know if you are (I’m sorry). I am more than happy to explain it again. I am no good in explaining things, excuse me 🙂 but I want to keep practicing so I can become better!
Anyway, the good news is that type 2 diabetes are preventable through healthy eating and regular physical activity. To celebrate Diabetes Awareness Week 2012, Australian Diabetes Council has released the ‘Diabetes and Healthy Hearts’ booklet, which includes a healthy eating plan. It is available on its website. You can download them here: Diabetes and Healthy Hearts booklet.
The Plan suggests that we aim for 5serves of vegetables, 2serves of fruit, 2-3serves of low-fat dairy, and a variety of whole grain bread and cereals per day. The Plan also recommends no more than 65–100g of cooked lean red meat or poultry per day and 2-3serves of oily fish per week, to ensure your omega 3 intake.
I highly recommend you to have a quick read of the booklet- and maybe save it! It’s really helpful 🙂
I hope you are now aware of diabetes. Please feel free to ask any question 🙂 I will get back to you as soon as possible. Enjoy!
If you find this post useful, why don’t you share it with your family and friends 🙂
- Australian Diabetes Council. Diabetes and a healthy heart. 2012. Available from http://www.australiandiabetescouncil.com/AustralianDiabetesCounil/media/PDFs/DAW_2012_Diabetes-and-Healthy-Heart_Booklet.pdf.
- Brown, Amy. Diabetes set to double by 2016 in Australia. 2012. Australian Food News. Available from http://www.ausfoodnews.com.au/2012/07/10/diabetes-set-to-double-by-2016-in-australia.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AustralianFoodNews+%28Australian+Food+News%29.
All images are from Australian Diabetes Council website. For more information, please see Australian Diabetes Council website.
This post is for the purpose of education only.