Diabetes: How does it affect your health?
DIABETES is the epidemic of the 21st century and the biggest challenge confronting Australia’s health system. Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia; increasing at a faster rate than other chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. All types of diabetes are increasing in prevalence:
Type 1 diabetes accounts for 10% of all diabetes and is increasing
Type 2 diabetes accounts for 85% of all diabetes and is increasing
Gestational diabetes in pregnancy is increasing
Diabetes is a complex condition in that it can affect many parts of your body as well as your mind. The potential complications of diabetes are the same for type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Heart attacks and strokes are up to four times more likely in people with diabetes
Diabetic retinopathy and potential vision loss affects one in six people with diabetes
Kidney damage is three times more common in people with diabetes
Amputations are 15 times more common in people with diabetes
Depression, anxiety and distress occur in more than 30% of all people with diabetes
Early diagnosis, optimal treatment and effective ongoing support and management reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications
Knowledge of how to look after yourself to minimise or even prevent complications is an important first step. Your local Gayndah & Mundubbera Guardian pharmacies can help you improve your diabetes management, to help reduce your risk of long term complications. Visit us in store today for more information on our professional services & to find out if you are eligible to receive a free Accu-Chek Performa Blood Glucose monitor upgrade.