Diabetes Australia has estimated that there are over two million people living in Australia who are pre-diabetic and are at a high-risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Pre-diabetes describes a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal, although not high enough to be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Pre-diabetes has no signs or symptoms. However, the Risk Factors for pre-diabetes are like those for Type 2 diabetes according to Diabetes Australia.
Some High-Risk factors
- Being overweight – especially those who have excess weight around the waistline (i.e. more than 94 cm for men and more than 80 cm for women).
- Being physically inactive.
- Having high triglycerides and low HDL-C (good cholesterol) and/or high total cholesterol.
- Having high blood pressure.
- Having a family history of Type 2 diabetes and/or heart disease.
While there is no known cure for diabetes, doctors and dietitians all agree that diet management is the most effective medical treatment. In some cases, diet management has been shown to alleviate the effects of Type 2 diabetes or even cause it to go in remission.
A diabetes wake-up is urgently needed as diabetes is the epidemic of the 21st century and represents a serious challenge confronting Australia’s healthcare system.
Let’s focus on a solution
We need a solution, doctors and others have been warning about the epidemic. What must be an effective way to reduce to this epidemic, is to focus on those people who already have the risk factors of pre-diabetes.
What is a Diabetes Wake-Up?
There are two main ways to help prevent the growth of the diabetes epidemic.
- Educate people’s understanding about pre-diabetes and help catch the early symptoms.
- Provide simple, cost-effective and pragmatic solutions that every-day people can use.
Is it too late for a Diabetes Wake-Up?
The problem is many people don’t realise they are at risk until they seek medical advice and complete a glucose tolerance test. The generally accepted advice for people living with pre-diabetes is for them to start a program of (a) diet and (b) exercise. In some cases, diabetes medicine will also be prescribed.
It’s proven that diet and exercise can help pre-diabetics but unfortunately, it’s often easier for people to simply take a pill. There is much confusion about which diets work best. This confusion has also greatly hindered the efforts to reduce this diabetes epidemic. Dr Michael Mosely has been able to create a diet to help people with diabetes.
What we need is new ways to help people that have the proof to give people confidence to act. One step is taking a simple food as medicine product twice a day as part of a way to manage diet. A food product high in dietary fibre, resistant starch and a wide range of essential micro-nutrients is NutriKane D™. It is tailor made to help lower the Glycaemic Index in meals and has been clinically and scientifically proven to lower blood sugar levels and assist in weight reduction. NutriKane D™ could be included in the Dr Michael Mosely diet, and it would make it easier for people to stick to the diet.
If all two million Australians with pre-diabetes were able to take diabetic fibre supplements it would be a huge diabetes wake-up and make a big difference to our country and the health of many Australians.