Overweight certainly has a higher risk but the slim and healthy can get diabetes, too. Type 2 diabeties in women and men: Young, Slim and Diabetic!
Professor Greg Johnson, acting CEO of Diabetes Australia warns “Diabetes is the epidemic of the 21st century and the driver of premature death and serious health complications, including heart attacks, strokes, kidney damage, blindness and limb amputation.
In fact, Diabetes Australia recognizes that we are in the hold of a silent pandemic. The Diabetes Australia website advises “An estimated 280 Australians develop diabetes every day. The 2005 Australian AusDiab Follow-up Study (Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study) showed that 1.7 million Australians have diabetes but that up to half of the cases of type 2 diabetes remain undiagnosed. By 2031 it is estimated that 3.3 million Australians will have type 2 diabetes (Vos et al., 2004).
And further that “The total financial cost of type 2 diabetes is estimated at $10.3 billion. Of this, carer costs were estimated as $4.4 billion, productivity losses were $4.1 billion, health system costs were $1.1 billion and $1.1 billion was due to obesity”
Lastly they recognise that “There are now approximately 1 million Australians living with diabetes and around 100,000 new diagnoses each year. There is an urgent and growing need to promote the issues surrounding this out-of-control pandemic.
It may be the case that many of us in fact walking have without realizing as there are essentially no warning signs or symptoms.
We recommend that if you feel you may be at risk that you see your doctor and commence eating a low GI diet.