Type 2 Diabetes Coffs Harbour – Type 2 diabetes is the fastest growing condition in Australia.

Type 2 Diabetes Coffs Harbour – About 4.1% of the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area population have type 2 diabetes, which equates to over 3,000 people. A further 7,000 people are estimated to be at high risk, suggesting that around 13% either have it or are likely to develop the condition in the near future. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that the number of people living with diabetes has almost quadrupled since 1980 to 422 million adults, with most living in developing countries. This is an extremely serious situation and threatens to blow the health budget out of the water in the coming decades if we don’t act aggressively now.

Type 2 diabetes is a condition that leads to elevated blood sugar and insulin. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and represents 85-90% of all cases. Like the majority of chronic health conditions, type 2 diabetes is a result of adverse nutritional, lifestyle and environmental health exposures. Therefore, by adopting healthy choices the majority of type 2 diabetes can be prevented.

Insulin is a hormone that is released from the pancreas when you have sugar in your blood. There are insulin receptors on your cells that allow glucose into cells when insulin is present. When this system is faulty, the cells no longer respond to insulin and this is termed insulin resistance i.e. type 2 diabetes. The body tries to compensate by pumping out more insulin, but eventually the pancreas gets exhausted and can no longer produce insulin.

The damage to the body from elevated blood sugar and insulin increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, neuropathy (nerve disease), chronic kidney disease and death. About seventy Australians lose limbs every year because of diabetes. Therefore, our main focus is on the prevention of type 2 diabetes through health-promoting nutritional, lifestyle and environmental health interventions. We cannot overstate the importance of diabetes prevention because of the significant impact it has on people’s quality of life and the burden to society. 

Diabetes occurs along a continuum from mild to severe. Therefore, screening using appropriate blood tests is really important for identifying early signs of the progression towards diabetes. You can’t assess someone’s risk of diabetes by their appearance alone. The three main blood tests for diabetes assessment are:

  • Blood glucose –  a single blood glucose test only shows if the glucose level in the body is normal, but provides no information about how the body responds to glucose, which is why we recommend an oral blood glucose tolerance test (OGTT).
  • OGTT is the gold standard in diabetes assessment and involves several measurements of blood glucose over a period of about 2 hrs. We also recommend measuring insulin and cortisol levels at the same time intervals to properly assess how the body is responding to glucose.
  • Haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) test is a measure of blood glucose levels over the past three months. It is a useful diabetes screening test and also for assessing average blood glucose levels.

Some of the major risk factors for diabetes include excess weight around the stomach, a high fat or high sugar diet, constant stress and lack of exercise. Click on the link at the bottom of this page to estimate your risk.

Diabetes Australia indicate that symptoms of type 2 diabetes include:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Always hungry
  • Increased urine
  • Fatigue
  • Slow healing wounds
  • Itching, skin infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Putting on weight
  • Mood swings
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Leg cramps

If you do already have type 2 diabetes, there are also many nutritional, lifestyle and environmental health interventions that have therapeutic benefits in the treatment of diabetes. These treatments are safe and effective and can nearly always be used in conjunction with conventional medicine. There is much more that can be done than just managing your blood sugar levels.

Unfortunately, government hasn’t done enough to slow the progression of the disease. Therefore, people need to take matters into their own hands and seek treatment before it’s too late. Call today for a FREE Consultation.

The Department of Health has a Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool, which estimates  your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in the next 5 years.

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/diabetesRiskAssessmentTool

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