National Diabetes Week (14 July – 20 July)

This week is National Diabetes Week, an opportunity to discuss the different aspects of the disease and the growing number of cases in Australia.

You may be aware that there are 2 types of Diabetes - Type 1, and Type 2.

It is often assumed that Type 2 diabetics are overweight and do not require insulin, and that Type 1 diabetics are all thin. These are generalisations, and of course there are many exceptions to the rules.

We have compiled a little table to provide a brief overview of the GENERAL presentations of the different type of Diabetes.

Here at Bayside Health Nook we are always focused on disease prevention, so we thought we would start by taking a closer look at Pre-Diabetes.

Pre-diabetes is not diabetes – yet.

It is a condition where the blood glucose (sugar) levels are not high enough to be classified as Type 2 diabetes, but are above the normal range.

Having pre-diabetes greatly increases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, and without appropriate management 1 in 3 people will transition from pre-diabetic to a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes.  

Two separate conditions fall under the umbrella term of “pre-diabetes”:

  • Impaired fasting glucose (IFG) – where the amount of glucose in the blood after not eating for 8 hours is higher than usual but doesn’t rise unusually after consuming sugars. 

  • Impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) – where the blood glucose rises higher than usual after consuming sugars (tested using a sweetened drink)

Pre-diabetes does not usually have any symptoms, and so your Doctor may order a test based solely on your risk factors.

The risk factors for pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes are similar:

  • Sedentary Lifestyle

  • Increased BMI / being overweight

  • Waistline girth >80cm for females and >94cm for males

  • High Blood Pressure

  • High total cholesterol or high triglycerides with low HDL-C (good cholesterol)

  • Family History of heart disease

  • Family History of type 2 diabetes

  • Certain population groups are also at a higher risk:

  • Women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

  • Women who had gestational diabetes during pregnancy 

  • Women who have given birth to a baby weighing >4.5Kg

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background or with backgrounds in the Pacific Islands, Asia and the Indian sub-continent

Diabetes Australia have an online calculator which allows yo