National Diabetes Week 2017 – 9th – 15th July 2017

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National Diabetes Week 2017  |  9th – 15th July

Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia, increasing in prevalence at greater rates than heart disease and cancer. It is by far the biggest challenge faced by the Australian healthcare system. Already at epidemic proportions, diabetes impacts the lives of millions of Australians, and every single day 280 new sufferers are added to that number. More than 100,000 Australians have developed diabetes over the past year alone, and the total annual cost of diabetes in Australia is estimated to be $14.6 billion.

These numbers need to fall.

It’s about time we did a better job of detecting all types of diabetes. Because the truth is anyone can develop diabetes. Awareness and early detection of diabetes is imperative in order to prevent major life-threatening health problems and to save lives.

What exactly is diabetes and why is early detection important?

Diabetes is a serious, complex condition which requires daily self-care. If complications develop, diabetes can have a significant impact on quality of life and can reduce life expectancy. There are three main types of diabetes, type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes and all are serious – there is no such thing as ‘mild’ diabetes. In Australia, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working age adults, the leading cause of kidney failure and a major cause of limb amputations. Having diabetes increases the risk of heart attack and/or stroke by up to four times and can impact on mental health as well as physical health. Depression, anxiety and distress occur in more than 30% of diabetes sufferers.

Early diagnosis means that effective and optimal treatment, including ongoing support and management, can be established which in turn reduces the risk of diabetes-related complications.

More information about different types of diabetes, how to reduce risk, diabetes symptoms, support and other resources can be found at: https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au

How can Ochre Health help?

Ochre Health is supporting National Diabetes Week by engaging with patients that may have type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 85% of all diabetes and is increasing rapidly. Across Australia, Ochre Health clinics will be focusing on patients aged between 45-49 who do not have diabetes and who have not had a AUSDRISK Diabetes risk assessment done in the last three years.

Take steps to learn if you are at risk of diabetes by taking our on-line questionnaire which takes less than two minutes to assess risk levels.   https://www.ochrehealth.com.au/diabetes/

*Statistics and references via Diabetes Australia website

 

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