Facts about diabetes

According to Diabetes Australia

  • 280 Australians develop Type 2 diabetes every day. That’s one person every five minutes.
  • Around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes. This includes all types of diagnosed diabetes (1.2 million known and registered) as well as silent, undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes (up to 500,000 estimated.
  • More than 100,000 Australians have developed diabetes in the past year.
  • For every person diagnosed with diabetes there is usually a family member or carer who also ‘lives with diabetes’ every day in a support role. This means that an estimated 2.4 million Australians are affected by diabetes every day.
  • The total annual cost impact of diabetes in Australia is estimated at $14.6 billion.

Unfortunately, people with Type 2 diabetes aren’t always getting the right information.

  • Many are unaware that carbohydrates end up as glucose in the blood stream and high amounts cause a rise in blood glucose levels, regardless of whether they are low Glycaemic Index or not.
  • They aren’t always being told that low fat products often have a significant amount of added sugar to improve palatability.
  • They aren’t always being told that insulin is a fat storing hormone and a side-effect of excess insulin is weight gain.
  • They aren’t always being told that weight gain causes insulin resistance which will mean they will require even more insulin!

And they aren’t being told that there is another approach to managing their disease - a Lower Carbohydrate and Healthy natural Fat (LCHF) way of eating!

Our approach is based on LCHF principles, which encourage eating a wide variety of fresh, seasonal and local food, including lots of vegetables and moderate amounts of protein.

The Nutrition for Life team of health professionals include Accredited Practising Dietitians, Nutrition Consultants and a Credentialled Diabetes Educator, providing personalised nutritional advice and wraparound support, based on the latest research on LCHF principles, recommended by the CSIRO.

We believe that 'Turning Diabetes Education Upside Down and Inside Out' allows our healthcare professionals to start with 'what the person with diabetes wants to know', not with what we want to tell them. It also starts from the 'inside out' by focusing on developing an understanding of food as an energy source, rather than medication in response to blood glucose levels.

Having an understanding of food as energy, particularly the role of carbohydrates, enables people to see the effects on their blood glucose levels, providing valuable feedback about the management of diabetes. Seeing this association brings deeper understanding, more confidence and motivation to be able to take a more active role. It also enables people to have more control and to make informed choices.

As with any change in behaviour, people need to be at a stage of readiness for change. This change takes time, trial and error, and support; however the ability to see that there is a choice, or different way of managing blood glucose levels, is pivotal to at least contemplating a starting point.

Our approach recognises that change doesn’t happen overnight … it is a journey, but a journey that we hear every day is well worth taking.

“The proof of our approach is not in the pudding, but in the blood glucose control".

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