Diabetes – What you need to know

What is Diabetes?

Type II Diabetes is Australia’s fastest growing chronic disease. It can affect your whole body, if undetected or poorly controlled, diabetes can lead to blindness, kidney failure, lower limb amputation, heart attack, stroke, impotence and potentially cancer as high blood sugar stimulates tumour growth

Our nutritionists can help you to balance your blood sugar levels and learn how to eat in a way that reduces the risks associated with diabetes.


Rebecca and Fiona – Our Nutritionists

Type 2 diabetes IS PREVENTABLE and reversible depending on how far it has progressed. It is a disease largely of diet and lifestyle, if not managed well you will end up on medications and eventually insulin injections. We hear many people say, “I have diabetes, but not the bad kind”. I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news but there is no “good kind” of diabetes, just different levels of severity based on how advanced the disease is. Pre-diabetes: suggests that your pancreas may have started under producing insulin and you may be developing insulin resistance.

Being diagnosed with pre-diabetes is a warning sign; YOU WILL DEVELOP DIABETES IF YOU DON’T TAKE ACTION NOW! It presents you with an opportunity to make diet and lifestyle changes to prevent type 2 diabetes.

“Few foods produce as much as a surge of blood glucose as those made with wheat”

David Perlmutter, MD, Neurologist

What is the link between Type 1 Diabetes and Coeliac Disease?

Studies have linked Type 1 Diabetes and later Coeliac Disease diagnosis. In one study “celiac disease was diagnosed in 218 of 546 (40%) subjects within 1 year, in 55% within 2 years, and in 79% within 5 years of diabetes duration”.

“The authors concluded that because most cases of coeliac disease are diagnosed within 5 years of type 1 diabetes diagnosis, screening should be considered at type 1 diabetes diagnosis and within 2 and 5 years thereafter”. “The researchers stated that it was also notable that 85% of cases in the review presented asymptomatically.”

The symptoms of coeliac disease in people with type 1 diabetes can vary. They often go completely unnoticed until a gluten-free diet is started.

Here is a link to the 2015 article in Pediatrics reviewing the study: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2015/06/09/peds.2014-2883.abstract

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