This week marks National Diabetes Week (9-15 July). National Diabetes Week is about helping promote public awareness for all types of diabetes. There are three types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes. Type 2 diabetes makes up the majority of all cases and is the one that we are able to influence the most through lifestyle modifications. Type 2 diabetes is a serious, progressive chronic disease that although has several un-modifiable risk factors, can be both prevented and managed through exercise and nutrition.
At Vision, we aid to help our clients, both those who have been diagnosed with diabetes and those who are on the borderline of developing the condition to take control of it. There are multiple benefits of exercise including increasing glucose sensitivity, helping to reduce and stabilize blood glucose levels and helping to reduce risk of complications. It’s about taking charge of your health and committing to a healthy lifestyle.
Due to how common diabetes is becoming in Australia, with one person every five minutes being diagnosed (Diabetes Australia, 2015), it seems to become a condition that holds little concern to people. This needs to be changed as diabetes contributes to millions of deaths globally each year, and is a serious health epidemic in Australia.
This week there are several different campaigns to help educate people about the complications, the facts and figures, and the signs and symptoms to watch for. Take advantage of this wealth of knowledge available this week to educate yourself and even test your risk of developing diabetes.
Vision is also helping to try and educate our clientele on how best to manage diabetes through nutrition and exercise modifications by hosting a FREE diabetes information night at Range Health on 18 July at 6:30pm. This is a great opportunity for you to learn more and ask any questions that you might have.