Thursday, 2 February 2012

Living With Diabetes - Live a Long, Healthy and Full Life

War Memorial Hospital Waverley Health Promotion invites you to learn more about Diabetes:

· Diabetes – are you at risk?
· How to prevent Type 2 diabetes
· Staying well with diabetes
· Preventing diabetes complications
· Diabetic specialists available to answer all your questions

       War Memorial Hospital Day Centre
                      125 Birrell Street, Waverley, NSW.
When:          Monday February 6th 2012
Bookings:   9369 -  0215
Time:           10am to 12.30pm         FREE

Nearly one–in-four Australian adults has either diabetes or impaired glucose metabolism. It is the sixth highest cause of death by disease in Australia. People with diabetes are almost three times more likely to have high blood pressure, obesity or high cholesterol. They are two to three times more likely to have cardiovascular disease, eg heart disease and stroke 65-80 percent of people with diabetes may die of coronary heart disease.


Type 1 : the pancreas, a large gland behind the stomach, stops making insulin. Without insulin, the body’s cells cannot turn glucose (sugar), into energy. Without insulin the body burns its own fats as a substitute. Unless treated with daily injections of insulin, people with type 1 diabetes accumulate dangerous chemical substances in their blood from the burning of fat. This can cause a condition known as ketoacidosis.This condition is potentially life threatening if not treated.

To stay alive, people with type 1 diabetes depend on insulin (via injections or pump) every day of their lives. They must test their blood glucose levels several times daily. The onset of type 1 diabetes typically occurs in people under 30 years, but can occur at any age. About 10-15% of all cases of diabetes are type 1.

Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes, affecting 85-90% of all people with diabetes. While it usually affects older adults, more and more younger people, even children, are getting type 2 diabetes.

For more information about types of diabetes:

 Tips for people with diabetes:

• Get support from friends and family - they may recognise the signs (if you have a problem!)
• Manage your stress levels
• Look after your health
• Exercise regularly
• Take care of your skin and teeth
• Seek nutritional advice - for eating healthily and managing your diabetes control
• Maintain or control your blood sugars
• Check blood sugars regularly
• Treat wounds, sores and cuts - see a doctor for help with healing
• See a doctor on a regular basis, for checkups, advice and any changes your body may require
• Have regular blood checks  (to ascertain cholesterol levels, kidney function, Hba1c levels)
• Have an have annual retinal screening (to see if there are are any changes in the eyes caused by diabetes)
• Talk to people with diabetes (to share your experience and knowledge)

Here are 90 tips to help you manage your diabetes:

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