Di­a­betes: How does it af­fect your health?

Central and North Burnett Times - - ADVICE. TRUST. CARE. FOR 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

Pre­vent­ing com­pli­ca­tions

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.

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