The diabetes risk no one's talking about
When it comes to diabetes many of us look down at ourselves and think we’re not at risk, especially if we’re slim.
Sorry, wrong. Even if you are genetically blessed with a slim body, you are still at risk, particularly if you have a poor lifestyle and bad diet.
Diabetes Queensland CEO Michele Trute has told News Limited that they have a real problem combating what she described as “skinny fat”.
In fact Diabetes Queensland has declared “fat people are luckier” than thin people because they wear the signs of their ill-health.
Ms Trute said slim people who rely their figure at the expense of good diet and exercise are gambling with their health and face “dire consequences”.
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Overweight people, on the other hand, wore the physical signs of their poor lifestyle as a constant reminder, such as their clothes getting tighter.
“They’re the people who are actually lucky, their body is giving them an alert,” she told News Ltd.
“So for me, people who have that trigger are luckier than those who can just walk around and look like they’re cheating the system.”
You can check your risk of type two diabetes with this online risk calculator on the Diabetes Australia website.
Symptoms of diabetes include:
- Being excessively thirsty
- Passing more urine than normal
- Feeling tired and lethargic
- Always feeling hungry
- Having cuts that heal slowly
- Itching, skin infections
- Blurred vision
- Gradually putting on weight
- Mood swings
- Feeling dizzy
- Leg cramps
Have you had experience with diabetes? Share your stories, including the first warning signs you experienced that indicated something was wrong.
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