World Diabetes Day has been celebrated since 1991 to promote the importance of screening for diabetes worldwide. This is why:
- 415 million people worldwide are diagnosed with diabetes, with numbers expected to rise to 640 million by 2040.
- 1 in 2 people live with diabetes but are undiagnosed.
- In Australia, 100, 000 Australians have developed diabetes in the past year.
- 2 million Australians have pre-diabetes, and are at a 10-20 times more likely to develop diabetes.
- Diabetes is the leading cause of preventable blindness in Australia.
When was the last time you had a health check?
Diabetes is a disease to be taken seriously. Not only is it uncontrolled and high blood glucose, it can lead to several health problems, such as blindness, kidney disease, heart disease, stroke, amputations and death.
Do you know the symptoms?
Symptoms include excessive thirst, weight loss, frequent urination, lack of energy and blurred vision.
Do you know the risk factors?
Risk factors include being overweight or obese, being inactive, poor diet, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood glucose levels.
Type 2 diabetes is preventable through exercise, healthy eating and regular health checks. Regular cholesterol testing is important for screening for diabetes, as the earlier it is detected, the earlier treatment can start. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to several health problems, even death.
Health by Design have several programs where we screen you for risk factors such as high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose. Get in contact with us today to book your health screenings for your workplace.