Back to basics this Diabetes Week
Published at: 12 Jul 2019
DIABETES VICTORIA WILL LAUNCH ITS 2019 DIABETES WEEK CAMPAIGN, BACK TO BASICS, THIS SUNDAY. THE CONDITION IS ONE OF THE MOST MISUNDERSTOOD BUT AFFECTS MORE THAN 333 000 VICTORIANS WHO MUST MANAGE THEIR DIABETES FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES.
Held from July 14–20, Diabetes Week kicks off this Sunday.
Diabetes Victoria chief executive Craig Bennett said its campaign, Back to Basics, would help to educate Victorians about diabetes — one of the most misunderstood health conditions.
He said as a result, Diabetes Victoria had produced a series of short videos, the first of which explained the prevalence of diabetes in Victoria, as well as the different types of diabetes.
“Diabetes is one of the fastest growing health conditions in Australia and is a complex condition that requires constant management,” Mr Bennett said.
“We need to raise awareness about how serious diabetes is and help Victorians become more knowledgeable about the condition.
“Our Back to Basics campaign gives us the opportunity to raise awareness about all types of diabetes in easy-to understand language.
“People from all walks of life can develop diabetes and we need to ensure these people are supported — instead of being stigmatised — because we too often hear things about diabetes that are simply not true.”
Goulburn Valley Health dietician and member of the diabetes team Rebecca Monk said there were three main types of diabetes — type 1, type 2 and gestational.
She said the team at GV Health saw newly-diagnosed patients with type 1 diabetes, existing type 1 people living with diabetes and those with complications due to type 2 diabetes.
“We also manage those who have complex conditions associated with type 2 diabetes which includes things like our high-risk foot clinic, metabolic clinic and also pregnancy and diabetes and gestational diabetes,” Ms Monk said.
She explained what the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes was.
“Type 1 is when they don’t produce any insulin which is the hormone responsible for regulating our blood sugars.
“Type 2 is when the insulin function is impaired.”
Ms Monk said her role specifically involved empowering type 1 people living with diabetes with their diet so they could get control of their lives and encouraging type 2 people living with diabetes to develop a positive relationship with food.
She said everyone was different and diets were catered to individual need.
“I say there’s no special diet; it’s the same as every Australian who should be following a healthy, balanced diet,” she said.
“There’s obviously foods our body will respond to better.”
Mr Bennett said the condition currently affected more than 333 000 Victorians.
According to Diabetes Victoria, further videos will be launched throughout the next 12 months explaining more about diabetes.