Diabetes is the epidemic of the 21st century and the biggest challenge confronting Australia’s health system. It is currently estimated that 1.7 million Australians have diabetes, with 85% of that number having Type 2 Diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes is usually developed by people over the age of 40 and caused by poor lifestyle choices such as being overweight, sedentary and eating an unhealthy diet. This week, I want to discuss Type 2 diabetes and its devastating side-effects, as I believe that it is a disease that needs to taken much more seriously by those who have it.
I was reading the newspaper on the weekend, and stumbled across an article featuring a person I know (though I hadn’t seen him for quite some time). I was horrified to read that Philip Rule, well-known Gold Coast massage therapist – was recovering from having his leg amputated due to complications arising from being a Type 2 diabetic.
To be honest, I was totally shocked – Philip was always a person who appeared to look after his health and has a very ‘physical’ job with being an in-demand massage therapist. However, to see a picture of him in a wheelchair, missing part of his leg, made me realise how insidious this disease is AND how terrible the side-effects can be if you don’t manage the disease properly (read more about Philip here: http://www.qt.com.au/news/diabetic-amputee-issues-a-warning-to-other-suffere/2996590/ ).
Amputations are not the only complication associated with Type 2 Diabetes – other serious health issues arising from this condition include blindness, kidney disease (resulting in dialysis), heart disease, stroke and loss of hearing.
The saddest part of all is that Type 2 Diabetes can be managed (and even reversed) with proper care – losing weight, starting to exercise and eating well. Yet, every day 280 Australians are diagnosed with the condition and the estimated cost to the health care system annually is $14.6 billion. Our health care system cannot afford for this health crisis to become any worse.
The Natural Way has a program specific for Type 2 Diabetics: this is our Low GI plan. Not only is this plan is easy to follow but, more importantly, clients who have followed the Low GI plan have seen dramatic improvements in their health and Diabetes management. Best of all, the Low GI program is easily adapted to ‘normal life’ once you reach your goal weight, so your new body can be easily maintained for lifelong success.
Call The Natural Way on 1300 SLIMMER (754663) and make a FREE appointment to find out more about our fantastic, Diabetic friendly program or visit our website: www.thenaturalway.com.au