The diabetes risk no one’s talking about 11



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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”.

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
  • Headaches
  • 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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  1. Type 2!!!! Please don’t just say ‘diabetes’. Type 1 is NOT a lifestyle disease, it’s an autoimmune disease!!!

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    • Yes, my niece developed Type 1 diabetes after her triple antigen vaccination at age 5. It was not lifestyle related at all. Vaccines interfere with the immune system creating auto-immune diseases in some susceptible individuals.

    • I agree with you Margaret, Type 1 diabetes is horrific and it should not be talked about in the same breath as Type 2. Young children get Type 1 and they need insulin for the rest of their lives. Type 2 can be managed many times with diet!!!

    • I agree that the conditions share some similar symptoms but quite different causes and treatments. However, the other side of the coin is that too many T1s tend to view T2s as having a self-inflicted condition. We don’t, as Wilhelmina points out. Please don’t perpetuate that stereotype either. I wrote this for DiabetesMine a while ago:

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      • Excellent article. In my case I was aware that I might develop diabetes later in life because I had Gestational diabetes when expecting my sons. So far I have controlled my Type2 with diet and exercise. The 2 monthly magazine ‘Diabetic living’ has excellent recipes and articles.

  2. I developed diabetes (2) 11 years ago , wasn’t fat but not skinny either . My doctor said it was genetic . I agree with Margaret , type 1 is horrible , type 2 manageable. They should really make a distinction and call type 2 something else . The food we eat that is over processed , deep fried , full of additives and is presented to us every day as healthy or nutritious , it’s not . The whole food industry needs a overhaul and certain products banned

  3. Make sure your regular blood tests include diabetes. My doctor does this I thought they all did, maybe some people don’t get regular check ups?

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