Within Australia, type 2 diabetes represents 85-90% of all cases of diabetes. It is 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. Insulin is a hormone needed for glucose to enter the cells and be converted into energy.
Unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes is associated with modifiable lifestyle factors (and also has a strong genetic link). It generally develops in adults over the age of 45 years, with normally a mild onset of symptoms. It is common for the first sign before diagnosis to be a diabetes-related complication such as a heart attack or vision problems.
We highly recommend using this quick & simple assessment tool to assess your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and therefore modifying your lifestyle choices to prevent or at least delay its onset: www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/chronic-diab-prev-aus/$File/austool5.pdf
Come in and see us for advice if you are concerned about your AUSDRISK tool result!
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