It is National Diabetes Week in Australia, a country hit no less hard by the surging tide of diabetes engulfing the globe . In Australia, diabetes is the fastest growing chronic disease, with approximately 1.5 million Australians already suffering.
The aim of diabetes week is to alert people to the importance of early detection. One Australian diabetic, Helen Edwards, has founded a new service that provides diabetes counselling online.
She reportedly said that: “There are two types of diabetes, you have type 1 and type 2. Type 2 is the type people generally think of when they talk about diabetes. There are a number of risk factors and one of those is age. People over 40, who have a family history and who also have lifestyle factors such as being overweight and not being very active are at risk. Also some cultural groups such as Aboriginal and Vietnamese have high risks as well. It affects so many and is also growing, particularly type 2 diabetes which makes up 90 per cent of the total of people with diabetes.”
She continued: “The management of diabetes helps to prevent long term complications that are a major problem of diabetes, such as too much glucose running around your system that will actually damage pretty much every orga, every nerve and every part of the body. There is a lot of work put in to keeping things under control and that can be difficult as the person must make all of those changes themselves.”
Her online counselling service helps to provide information to diabetes sufferers that would otherwise be difficult to access .

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