Surely I’m too young? Think again. Diabetes is often associated with aging – just a ‘normal’ part of getting older. That made sense. Type 2 diabetes was never seen in children, until now.
There are 2 types of diabetes – Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 is an autoimmune condition, with researchers unsure as to why it happens. It is not linked to modifiable lifestyle factors. There is no cure and it cannot be prevented. However, Type 2 diabetes is a progressive condition, associated with modifiable lifestyle risk factors. Type 2 diabetes also has strong genetic and family related risk factors.
The research is showing that in Australia, 280 people develop diabetes every day.
That’s 1 every 5 minutes. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 85% of all diabetes and is increasing. Type 2 is strongly represented in adults over 45 years, however this is increasing and now occurring in younger age groups.
So let’s talk about Type 2 diabetes and what you can do to minimize your risk factors. While type 2 can be managed, prevention in the first place is key. First, let’s dispel some myths:
Remember to always speak to your health care provider about the risk factors of diabetes. Prevention is key.