The lead article in the current edition of The Weekend Australian makes for sobering reading. The stats are horrendous, and as taxpayers we should all be sitting up and paying attention to what is unfolding within our community.
We are witnessing an unfolding epidemic in front of our eyes for a condition that is by and large preventable. On purely economic terms, the diabetes epidemic is a fiscal catastrophe. The prevalence of people living with type 2 diabetes has tripled in Australia between 1990 and 2019 – a growth rate six times that of the population. The extraordinary expense and sheer logistics of adapting the health system to a disease that doctors describe as “the true pandemic” is rising in real time. Conservative estimates of the cost of type 2 diabetes to taxpayers is close to $15bn a year.Natasha Robinson & Liam Mendes – The Weekend Australian: The Diabetes Disaster, Dec 2-3, 2023
The frustration is that this article is based on an absolute truth about a diabetes pandemic that has been repeatedly predicted for decades both here in Australia and overseas.
The fast-paced, sedentary nature of modern living has ushered in an era where physical activity has become a luxury for many. Diets, loaded with processed foods high in sugars and unhealthy fats, over time, fuel the development of insulin resistance, a key player in the development of diabetes.
Add into the mix the global rise in obesity, which is not merely a cosmetic concern; it’s a significant risk factor for the development of Type 2 diabetes, the most prevalent form of the disease, and gestational diabetes, which affects a staggering number of Indigenous women.
Equally troubling is the rise in diabetes among children and adolescents, once an extremely uncommon occurrence. The prevalence of childhood obesity, combined with a lack of physical activity and poor dietary habits, creates a perfect storm for the early onset of diabetes. Witnessing the younger generation grappling with a condition that traditionally affected adults is a stark reminder of the urgent need for preventive measures.
What’s even more alarming is that the article reports that:
Australia has no specific diabetes prevention plan, such as the one operating in the UK, and our 10-year National Preventative Health Strategy signed off in 2021 is unfunded.”Natasha Robinson & Liam Mendes – The Weekend Australian: The Diabetes Disaster, Dec 2-3, 2023
Action Required Now
It’s time for a call to action, and we don’t have a moment to waste. It’s no longer an ‘impending’ epidemic, it’s already a tsunami of misery and loss.
Awareness, education, and proactive lifestyle changes are powerful tools in addressing the tide of this diabetes epidemic. Despite the presence of numerous ‘diabetes organisations’ in this country, community diabetes has grown from problem to pandemic, so it’s obvious something needs to change.
Individuals need to play an active role in their own well-being. Simple yet impactful lifestyle changes, such as adopting a healthy balanced diet, engaging in regular exercise, and managing stress, can go a long way in preventing diabetes. Regular health check-ups and screenings become crucial in early detection and intervention.
Governments, healthcare professionals, and communities are already united in collaborative efforts to implement policies that promote healthy living. The educational curricula have programs to instil healthy habits from an early age, our communities have many accessible spaces for physical activity, but nutritional literacy still seems lacking for many.
Nutritional literacy refers to the ability of an individual to understand and apply knowledge about nutrition in making informed and healthy food choices. It goes beyond simply knowing the caloric content of foods or memorizing a list of vitamins; true nutritional literacy involves a comprehensive understanding of the role of macro and micronutrients in the body, the impact of different dietary choices on health, and the ability to critically evaluate information related to nutrition.
By acknowledging the current gravity of the situation and committing to proactive measures, we can as a society, transform the trajectory of diabetes, and the health of generations to come depends on it.
New Innovative Solutions
MediKane™ became involved in the diabetes story almost 13 years ago, after discovering through research, that a range of natural foods, if consumed regularly, could provide medicinal and protective qualities. Over time they have developed a range of products with different combinations of natural ingredients and created the NutriKane™ ‘Farmerceutical’ concept.
Research now well and truly supports the fact that dietary control is a major linchpin in the management of diabetes, and MediKane™ recognised years ago, that the poor nutrient value of a highly processed, Western diet, was not supporting the microbiome properly. A healthy gut is key in supporting all bodily functions, including resisting and fighting infection, improving digestive regularity, supporting blood glucose balance, and reducing pain and inflammation. The miracle of the human body is that given the correct ingredients, it has the power to repair and restore, but with the lack of micronutrients in the modern diet, chronic inflammation does damage faster than our bodies can heal.
NutriKane D: A Food-as-Medicine Approach
NutriKane™ D was scientifically developed and clinically proven to lower and control blood glucose levels naturally, assist in weight loss (as part of a calorie controlled diet), lower the GI content of foods and promote short chain fatty acid production. Because of the high fibre content of NutriKane™ D it is slowly digested over the entire length of the gut, allowing a far better absorption of nutrition as well as providing physical stimulation to keep the gut lining fresh and thick.