Are you at risk?

There are many ways to pre­vent and de­lay type 2 di­a­betes

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

WHILE there is no sin­gle cause of type 2 di­a­betes, there are well-es­tab­lished risk fac­tors.

Some risk fac­tors can be con­trolled and oth­ers you are born with.

An es­ti­mated 2 mil­lion Aus­tralians are at high risk of de­vel­op­ing type 2 di­a­betes and there are also large num­bers of peo­ple with silent, un­di­ag­nosed type 2 di­a­betes which may be dam­ag­ing their bod­ies.

Preven­tion

There are dif­fer­ent types of di­a­betes; the three main types of di­a­betes are type 1, type 2 and ges­ta­tional di­a­betes.

At this stage, it is es­ti­mated that 58% of type 2 di­a­betes can be pre­vented. You can do a lot to re­duce your risk of type 2 di­a­betes, read our tips be­low.

Type 1 - Cur­rently type 1 di­a­betes can­not be pre­vented.

How­ever, re­searchers are look­ing into the au­toim­mune process and en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors that lead to de­vel­op­ing type 1 di­a­betes so that we may be able to pre­vent type 1 di­a­betes in the fu­ture.

Type 2 - Many cases of type 2 di­a­betes can be pre­vented, or the on­set delayed, through pos­i­tive life­style changes.

It is es­ti­mated that the risk of de­vel­op­ing type 2 di­a­betes can be re­duced by up to 58% by main­tain­ing a healthy weight, be­ing phys­i­cally ac­tive and fol­low­ing a healthy eat­ing plan.

Many peo­ple don’t know they are at risk of de­vel­op­ing type 2 di­a­betes. Pre­vent­ing type 2 di­a­betes is im­por­tant and is about be­ing health­ier. Guardian Phar­ma­cies pro­vide a range of pro­fes­sional ser­vices and prod­ucts for peo­ple at high risk of de­vel­op­ing di­a­betes.

Visit your lo­cal Guardian Phar­macy and speak to our phar­ma­cist and trained staff who will as­sess your risk of de­vel­op­ing Type 2 di­a­betes with the Aus­tralian Type 2 Di­a­betes Risk As­sess­ment Tool (AUSDRISK).

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