Type 2 diabetes - the (largely) avoidable disease
Happy New Year! If your new years' resolution is to avoid developing type 2 diabetes through diet and lifestyle changes, or to improve your management of the disease if you already have it, we are 100% behind you! And that's because diabetes not only affects your blood sugars, but also your eyes! Read on to find out more in this post put together by our head office team.
Every five minutes in Australia someone is diagnosed with diabetes, and a staggering 25 per cent of adults over the age of 25 are living with either diabetes or pre-diabetes.
The disease accounts for more than 10 per cent of all Australian deaths, making it the seventh most common cause of death by disease in Australia.
Enough is enough
Optometrists and opthalmologists nationwide including Dr. James Muecke, Australian of the Year (2020) and ophthalmologist, have declared war on diabetes.
This deadly disease is now the leading cause of blindness in Australian adults.
And we've had enough.
Every year, we, and Dr. Muecke sees an increasing number of patients with eye disease due to diabetes.
It is upsetting to see so many people suffering from the disease particularly as “type 2 diabetes is a preventable, dietary disease,” he says.
“We should not be seeing these blinding, maiming and deadly consequences at all. It’s time to put a stop to it.”
Sugar is toxic
To reduce the impact of diabetes, Dr. Muecke says we need to go back to the root cause of the disease to “challenge our perception of sugar, our relationship with sugar and the impact it has on the development of diabetes. I want to encourage hard hitting strategies to build greater awareness of the detrimental role sugar plays in our society.”
“Sugar is as toxic and addictive as nicotine.”
By reducing our consumption of “sugar, refined carbohydrates, and highly processed products containing these substances (we) can prevent type 2 diabetes. It’s proven and powerful.”
Through diet and early detection of diabetic eye disease, loss of vision from diabetes can be prevented. Sadly, once vision has been lost it cannot be reversed.
Early detection, by having a regular eye examination is the best way to identify problems before they get worse, and to ensure early treatment.
Diabetes causes far too many Australians to lose their sight each year, but this can be avoided by cutting out sugar from your diet and by having regular eye tests.
Surprisingly, Dr Muecke says that of the 1.8 million people in Australia who have any type of diabetes, “less than half are having their regular eye checks, which is why it’s become such a major cause of blindness in our society.”
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