The number of people with diabetes in Australia is three times higher than 25 years ago! At 44 Mr Dowdeswell, a keen windsurfer and diver, was not overweight and had no family history of diabetes. “We are bringing into place new medicines that will have a beneficial impact, especially around type 2 diabetes, we will see patients potentially going from having to have two injections a day to only one per week,” he told ABC television. If left undiagnosed or poorly managed, diabetes can lead to coronary heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, limb amputations or blindness. As a result of ageing, the number of people with type 2 diabetes will double between 2000 and 2051 with a 2.5-fold increase in diabetes-attributable health-care costs. Start people with diabetes on a statin with a cholesterol-lowering effect equivalent to simvastatin 40 mg19 and treat to an LDL cholesterol target < 2 mmol/L.1,2 See NPS News 71 for the relative effects of statins on cholesterol levels. Data were analysed using a thematic analysis approach.
Correspondingly, in the GP knowledge test, GPs received the lowest mean score for the section on medical management.�GPs also reported having the least confidence in providing effective insulin treatment, compared with other aspects of diabetes management.�GPs identified an array of difficulties encountered in providing best practice diabetes care, which were classified into three main categories: GP clinical management problems, patient-related challenges and health system-related difficulties. Eat a balanced diet: While the odd treat here and there is fine, it’s important to maintain a healthy, balanced diet — keeping refined sugars to a minimum. Takeaway and fast foods often contain hidden sugars, so a great way to control what you’re eating is to plan your own meals and cook for yourself. Limit alcohol: Make sure to watch your alcohol intake. Excess alcohol consumption can contribute to weight gain, which could lead to the onset of type 2 diabetes. Quit smoking: Smoking dramatically increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes — the more you smoke, the higher your risk. What’s more, smoking can also make type 2 diabetes symptoms harder to manage.
Check if you’re at risk: If you’re worried that you may be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, make an appointment to see your GP and have your blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked to make sure you’re in the clear.