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Last Updated Oct 27, 2020

Energy is the body’s fuel to function at its peak. But people with diabetes cannot produce energy, so they suffer from extreme fatigue, headaches and poor concentration. Unfortunately, these symptoms can only worsen over time if they’re not addressed immediately with proper health intervention.

To address the growing problem with this condition, the National Diabetes Week is observed annually to increase awareness of the perils of said disease. This year, it will run from 12th to 18th July across Australia and just like always, the event encourages everybody to take part and help raise funds for diabetes-related programs.

People involved in these programs are constantly looking for ways to find the best possible cure for diabetes in order to save lives. The illness, which develops when the body is unable to convert sugar from food into energy, can affect anyone regardless of age. About 1.2 million Australians aged 18 and above had diabetes in 2017 to 2018, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Diabetes is found to be more prevalent among older people between 65 and 74 years old. However, this is not to say that it doesn’t affect the youth. Around 11,000 school-aged children have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, according to the National Diabetes Services Scheme. This is heartbreaking for their families and makes parenting doubly challenging.

Treating and Preventing Diabetes

There may be no cure for diabetes, but it can be managed and, even more so, prevented through early detection. During National Diabetes Week 2020, healthcare professionals, government agencies, various organisations, and other concerned individuals provide assistance and support for people with diabetes and their families.

Through education, they hope more people will be able to understand the impact of diabetes on one’s life and be motivated to pursue a healthier lifestyle in order to prevent the onset of the disease.

You, too, can get involved. Making a small donation to the event’s fundraising programs will improve the lives of many people who are battling it out with diabetes. 

Causes of Diabetes

Health professionals have yet to identify the main culprit of diabetes. But as far as we all know, it is triggered by the irregularity of glucose levels in the bloodstream. When these exceed the normal range, the body starts to manifest different symptoms, such as always feeling thirsty and hungry, increased urination, wounds or bruises that take long to heal, rapid weight loss, blurry vision, and pain in the hands and feet.

Taking proactive steps in developing a healthy lifestyle is the key to prevent diabetes. Staying healthy is doable and definitely cost effective as it only requires the following:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat healthy food
  • Maintain a good weight
  • Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep
  • Quit smoking
  • Minimise caffeine intake  
  • Avoid foods rich in carbohydrates and fat
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Stay away from stressful situations

There’s no point in living if one doesn’t have the energy to do the things that they enjoy. Be part of National Diabetes Week 2020 and help people with diabetes reclaim their health.

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Originally published on Jun 29, 2020

FAQs

What is National Diabetes Week?

National Diabetes Week 2020 is an annual fundraising event that runs from 12th to 18th July. It aims to educate people on the impact of diabetes and how to prevent it.

How can we promote diabetes awareness?

Donating to diabetes research programs is a massive help. You can also volunteer to assist children with diabetes or charities that advocate the prevention and treatment of the disease.

What month is National Diabetes Awareness Month?

Australia observes National Diabetes Week in July every year. It aims to increase awareness of the dangers of diabetes in children and adults.

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