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What are these conditions?

There’s a strong link between diabetes, heart disease and stroke, with these conditions usually being described as lifestyle related chronic diseases.  In fact, people with diabetes are up to four times more likely to develop heart disease and stroke. This means that by reducing your risk of type 2 diabetes you may also significantly contribute to the prevention of heart disease and stroke.  There are many things you can change about your lifestyle that can reduce your risk of developing all three conditions -  the Life! program teaches you how.


Type 2 diabetes:

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, affecting 85 to 90 per cent of all people with diabetes. In Victoria we are currently seeing over 70 new cases of diabetes diagnosed every day and it is estimated that 1.2 million Victorians are currently in the high risk category for developing type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes usually develops in adults over the age of 45, but is increasingly developing at a younger age. Unlike type 1 diabetes where the body produces no insulin, people with type 2 diabetes are still able to produce their own insulin. However there may not be enough insulin for the body’s needs and/or the cells in the body are resistant to the action of insulin (insulin resistance).

Diabetes, if undiagnosed or not well managed, can cause early death through heart attacks and stroke. It can reduce your life span by up to 15 years. Complications of diabetes include blindness, kidney disease, limb amputations, and sexual dysfunction. Diabetes is also related to depression and sleep problems.  

For more information on type1 diabetes click here

For more information on gestational diabetes (GDM) please click here

For more information on type 2 diabetes management click here


Heart Disease:

Heart Disease is caused by a clogging of the arteries which reduces the flow of blood to the heart. There is no single cause for coronary heart disease, but there are ‘risk factors’ that increase your chance of developing the condition. It is the most common cause of death in Australia and a common cause of disability.

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Stroke occurs when an artery supplying blood to a part of the brain becomes blocked or bursts.

As a result, that part of the brain is damaged because it is deprived of its blood supply which normally carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain, allowing it to function.

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