KYABRAM District Health Services is in a strong position to deal with the increasing diagnosis of diabetes, according to a KDHS spokesperson.
There have been 10,000 new cases in the past 12 months in our state, with 323,000 Victorians now registered on the National Diabetes Service Scheme.
It is also estimated a further 125,000 Victorians live with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.
“Kyabram District Health Services provides a range of multidisciplinary services that support people with complex health needs relating to diabetes.
“As diabetes is a complex disease, the treatment should be from a diverse range of health professionals working in a multidisciplinary approach to improve the overall health and wellbeing of our clients.
“Specifically to diabetes, KDHS offers diabetes education, diabetes exercise groups conducted by a diabetes educator and exercise physiologist, dietetics service, continuous glucose monitoring and a monthly visiting endocrinologist (diabetes specialist doctor).”
With an increasing amount of people living through the effects of undiagnosed type 2 diabetes, KDHS are offering ways to identify and catch it in its early stages.
“Sufficient screening through GP visits and the increasing awareness of diabetes enables early identification and diagnosis of diabetes. The AUSDRISK test can be completed for individuals to learn more about their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.”
KDHS is also offering the pre-diabetes LIFE! Program – an initiative run through health professionals to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
“The Program offers the knowledge, skills, support and expert advice needed to make lifestyle choices to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.”
While undertaking initiatives such as the LIFE! Program are important, KDHS also urged locals to stay in contact with healthcare professionals.
“If someone thinks that they might be at a higher risk, then they should consult an appropriately trained healthcare professional.”
KDHS have also played a leading role in the Campaspe Shire region’s push towards a healthier lifestyle.
“One of the key initiates to address diabetes in our community has been the removal of sugary drinks from sale at KDHS some 2 years ago.”
In terms of lowering your risk of developing diabetes, KDHS offered locals ten easy steps to follow.
1. Take the LIFE! risk assessment test and learn more about your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
2. Manage your weight. Excess body fat, particularly if stored around the abdomen, can increase the body’s resistance to the hormone insulin, and this can lead to type 2 diabetes.
3. Exercise regularly — moderate physical activity on most days of the week helps manage weight.
4. Eat a balanced, healthy diet. Reduce the amount of fat in your diet, especially saturated fats. Eat more fruit, vegetables and high-fibre foods, and cut back on salt.
5. Limit takeaway and processed foods. ‘Convenience meals’ are usually high in salt, fat and kilojoules. It’s best to cook for yourself using fresh ingredients whenever possible.
6. Limit your alcohol intake. Too much alcohol can lead to weight gain and may increase your blood pressure and triglyceride levels. Men should have no more than two standard drinks a day and women should have no more than one.
7. Quit smoking. Smokers are twice as likely to develop diabetes as non-smokers.
8. Control your blood pressure. Most people can do this with regular exercise, a balanced diet and by keeping a healthy weight. In some cases, you might need medication prescribed by your doctor.
9. Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. Diabetes and cardiovascular disease have many risk factors in common, including obesity and physical inactivity.
10. See your doctor for regular check-ups.