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Right at Home Australia is this week celebrating National Diabetes Week running from 12 to 18 July.

Diabetes Awareness Blog 1

The International Diabetes Federation estimates that globally463 million people have diabetes, while 1 in 2 adults with diabetes are left undiagnosed. In Australia, Diabetes Australia estimates 1.7 million people have diabetes. 

Diabetes Australia’s 2020 campaign entitled ‘Heads Up’ highlights the mental and emotional health impacts of living with diabetes. You can learn more about the campaign here. 

Type 1 Diabetes Explained 

Diabetes Australia identifies Type 1 diabetes as an auto-immune condition in which the immune system is activated to destroy the cells in the pancreas which produce insulin. Experts do not know what causes this auto-immune reaction. Type 1 diabetes is not linked to modifiable lifestyle factors – there is no cure and it cannot be prevented. 

Type 1 diabetes: 

  • Occurs when the pancreas does not produce insulin 

  • Represents around 10 per cent of all cases of diabetes and is one of the most common chronic childhood conditions 

  • Onset is usually abrupt and the symptoms obvious 

  • Symptoms can include excessive thirst and urination, unexplained weight loss, weakness and fatigue and blurred vision 

  • Is managed with insulin injections several times a day or the use of an insulin pump. 

Diabetes Australia introduced the 4T’s program to help Australians identity early warning signs of Type 1 Diabetes.  

The 4T’s: 

  • Tired – unexplained or excessive fatigue 

  • Thirsty – a thirst that can’t be quenched 

  • Thinner – sudden or unexplained weight loss 

  • Toilet – going to the toilet a lot 

Type 2 Diabetes Explained 

Did you know that 50 per cent of Type 2 Diabetes is preventable? 

Diabetes Australia identifies Type 2 diabetes as a progressive condition in which the body becomes resistant to the normal effects of insulin and/or gradually loses the capacity to produce enough insulin in the pancreas. While experts do not know exactly what causes Type 2 diabetes, it is associated with modifiable lifestyle risk factors. Type 2 diabetes also has strong genetic and family-related risk factors. 

Type 2 diabetes: 

  • Is diagnosed when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin (reduced insulin production) and/or the insulin does not work effectively and/or the cells of the body do not respond to insulin effectively (known as insulin resistance) 

  • Represents 85-90 per cent of all cases of diabetes 

  • Usually develops in adults over the age of 45 years but is increasingly occurring in younger age groups including children, adolescents and young adults 

  • Is more likely in people with a family history of Type 2 diabetes or in people from certain ethnic backgrounds 

  • For some, the first sign may be a complication of diabetes such as a heart attack, vision problems or a foot ulcer 

  • Is managed with a combination of regular physical activityhealthy eating and weight reduction. As Type 2 diabetes is often progressive, most people will need oral medications and/or insulin injections in addition to lifestyle changes over time. 

If you or family member is one of the Australians suffering from diabetes, Right at Home is here to help.Contact us today on 1300 363 802.


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Australian Government Department of Health

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NSW Health

Queensland Health

ACT Health

WA Department of Health

Tasmanian Department of Health

Northern Territory Department of Health

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Founded in 1995, Right at Home offers in-home companionship and personal care, and assistance to seniors (elderly and aged care) and adults living with a disability who want to continue to live independently or age in their home. Right at Home is your local expert for issues related to caring for your loved ones and is dedicated to keeping you informed about home care. With no admin or subscription fees Right at Home allows you to get more care from your package or budget.

Right at Home is a 'My Aged Care' government approved, home care provider for levels 1 – 4 and offers flexible in-home care services such as nursing care, after hospital care, post-operative care, respite care, dementia and Alzheimer's care. Right at Home also offers assistance with daily living and personal care such as grooming, hygiene, transport, shopping, meal prep, domestic services and social support, so your loved one can enjoy a more independent, vibrant life. Our nurses and caregivers are screened, highly trained, and insured prior to entering your home so you can trust us with the caregiving while you focus on your loved one.

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