06 Jul Morning Tea Wellness Session | 18 July
Free Morning Tea Wellness Session
Celebrating Diabetes Awareness Week 2018
Wednesday 18 July 2018, 10.30am in the TDHS Health Education Room
- Cooking Demonstration
- Introduction to Meditation
- Tai Chi
- Strength Training
ALL ARE WELCOME!
10:30am Morning tea, Cooking demonstration & Diabetes info
11am Aromatherapy by Petra LeReve
11:30-11:45am Tai Chi & Strength Training
12pm Introduction to mindfulness
Call 5558 6000 to register!
Diabetes Awareness Week July 10th – July 14th
Diabetes is the epidemic of the 21st century and the biggest challenge confronting Australia’s health system. Around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes. This includes all types of diagnosed diabetes (1.2 million known and registered) as well as silent, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes (up to 500,000 estimated).
Understanding diabetes and its seriousness is important.
- If you are living with diabetes, you need to learn how to manage your diabetes
- If you have a family member or friend with diabetes, you can learn how to support them
- If you are a teacher or employer, you have a duty of care to provide a safe environment
- Importantly, if you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, you can take steps to prevent or slow down diabetes.
Facts about diabetes
- 280 Australians develop diabetes every day. That’s one person every five minutes
- It is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia
- More than 100,000 Australians have developed diabetes in the past year
- For every person diagnosed with diabetes there is usually a family member or carer who also ‘lives with diabetes’ every day in a support role. This means that an estimated 2.4 million Australians are affected by diabetes every day
- In 2013, diabetes caused 5.1 million deaths globally
There are different types of diabetes; the three most common types of diabetes are type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. Strong international evidence shows diabetes prevention programs can help prevent type 2 diabetes in up to 58 per cent of cases. You can do a lot to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, read our tips below.
Currently type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented. However, researchers are looking into the autoimmune process and environmental factors that lead people to developing type 1 diabetes to help prevent type 1 diabetes in the future.
Evidence, including large-scale randomised control trials, shows type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed in up to 58 per cent of cases by maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active and following a healthy eating plan.
People at risk of type 2 diabetes can delay and even prevent the condition by:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Regular physical activity
- Making healthy food choices
- Managing blood pressure
- Managing cholesterol levels
- Not smoking.
Many people don’t know they are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Assess your risk using the Diabetes Australia risk calculator. TDHS offers the Life! Program which is a Victorian lifestyle modification program that helps you reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Run by expert health professionals, the program is delivered as a Group Course or a Telephone Health Coaching service. Funded by the Victorian Government and managed by Diabetes Victoria it is the biggest prevention program of its type in Australia. For more information contact Ingrid or Amanda on 5558 6000.
Our Diabetes Educator is available fortnightly on Wednesday at Cobden & Timboon. For appointments phone 55586000.
The Cobden Diabetes Support Group meets 1st Wednesday of every month, 10:30am at Cobden District Health Service to learn more about living with Diabetes.