National Diabetes Week 2017
DATE: 12 July 2017
This week is National Diabetes Week 2017, making it the perfect time to learn more about this condition that affects more than 1.7 million Australians and is considered the biggest challenge facing Australia's health system.
To mark the week Yooralla is busting some of the most common myths surrounding diabetes.
Myth – diabetes is not serious
There is no such thing as 'mild' diabetes. All types of diabetes are serious and can severely impact a person's quality of life if not well managed.
Myth – all types of diabetes are the same
There are a variety of types of diabetes, although type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes are the most common. Each type of diabetes has different causes and may be managed in different ways.
Myth – only overweight or obese people develop diabetes
Being overweight or obese is a key risk factor for type 2 diabetes, however it is not the only reason for developing the condition.
Myth – you can only get type 1 diabetes when you're young
The onset of type 1 diabetes occurs most frequently in people under 30 years. However, new research suggests that almost half of people who develop the condition are diagnosed after they turn 30.
Myth – you can only get type 2 diabetes when you're old
Type 2 diabetes usually develops in adults over the age of 45 years, but is increasingly occurring in younger age groups including children, adolescents and young adults.
Myth – No one in my family has diabetes so I don't have to worry
Family history is only one of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes – other risk factors include your age, weight and ethnicity.
Myth- People with diabetes cannot eat sugar
When consumed as part of a healthy lifestyle that includes good food and exercise, sugary foods can be eaten by people with diabetes. The key is to eat everything in moderation.
Source: diabetes australia
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