Diabetes is a serious condition where there is too much glucose (a type of sugar) in the blood.
There are two main kinds. Type 2 diabetes is the most common and can be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle. People with type 2 diabetes have a higher risk of developing conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and blindness.
There are factors such as your age (risk increases with age), a family history of type 2 diabetes and your ethnic background (Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Pacific Island, Indian subcontinent and Chinese backgrounds) that place you at a higher risk than normal.
There is no cure for diabetes but type 2 can be prevented or delayed.
Remember, to lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes:
- Increase your physical activity
- Eat a healthy diet including plenty of fruit and vegetables
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Quit smoking
- Control blood pressure
For more advice, contact the Australian Diabetes Council on 1300 DIABETES (1300 342 238) or visit australiandiabetescouncil.com