Clock ticks by as diabetes spreads
IN 50 minutes, your favourite TV show will still be on; the Dockers will still be playing the Eagles and in 50 minutes, another person in Western Australia will be diagnosed with diabetes.
Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia. The growing prevalence of the condition is concerning but even more concerning is that people do not realise how serious, and life changing, the condition is.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition that cannot be prevented, while type 2 diabetes is associated with risk factors such as genetics, family history and ethnic background.
Modifying weight, activity and eating patterns are now the only way to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Both conditions are serious and life changing.
Along with the everyday challenges, people with diabetes are at risk of a series of complications including limb amputations, blindness and kidney failure.
They are also up to four times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.
It is a serious condition that has an enormous impact on those who are diagnosed and the family member or carer who also “lives with diabetes” every day in a support role.
This week (July 12 - 18) is National Diabetes Week – a time to raise awareness of diabetes in the community.
This year, as Diabetes WA celebrates 50 years of service to the WA community, let us also celebrate those people who live with diabetes every day of their lives.
Andrew Wagstaff, chief executive, Diabetes WA