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Follow the Five 'A's and Avoid Type 2 Diabetes

Media release: 
14/11/2011

Leading researchers into chronic disease from The George Institute for Global Health today issued five simple guidelines for Australians to follow to avoid developing type 2 diabetes.

Speaking on World Diabetes Day 2011, Senior Research Fellow Dr Alexandra Martiniuk said globally, type 2 diabetes presented an enormous challenge.

“In almost every region of the world the prevalence of diabetes is increasing. We are facing an epidemic, the burden of which is falling heaviest on low- and middle-income countries,” Dr Martiniuk said.

“That said, health solutions for chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes are often surprisingly simple, and quick to implement.

“World Diabetes Day is the ideal reminder that lifestyle changes can lower your risk of developing major health problems, such as heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and blindness earlier in life.”

Diabetes is Australia’s fastest growing chronic disease with 275 Australians developing diabetes every day. The total number of Australians with diabetes and pre-diabetes is estimated at 3.2 million.

“At this stage, there is no cure, but we can all take responsibility for leading healthier lives. Acting now by following the ‘Five A’s’ may improve, even save, your life,” Dr Martiniuk said.

Five A’s

  1. Adopt a healthy diet of between three and five servings of fruit and vegetables a day and reduce sugar and saturated fats intake
  2. Activity at least 30 minutes of regular, moderate-intensity activity on most days. More activity is required for weight control
  3. Achieve and maintain healthy body weight
  4. Avoid tobacco use, smoking increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases; and
  5. Awareness if you are experiencing symptoms such as excessive excretion of urine (polyuria), thirst (polydipsia), constant hunger, weight loss, vision changes and fatigue, see your doctor and have a blood test.

Celebrity chef, Michael Moore, owner of the iconic Sydney restaurant, The Summit, lives with type 2 diabetes and is a proud Ambassador of The George Institute.

“The George Institute’s work on diabetes is significantly impacting the lives of millions of people in Australia and across the globe,” Mr Moore said.

Mr Moore’s latest cookbook,Blood Sugar, was inspired by his personal experience and shares the way he manages  living with type 2 diabetes with recipes, balancing food types and ideas for healthy eating, making it suitable for anyone facing the challenge of diabetes and maintaining good health.

To go into a draw to win a copy of Blood Sugar, simply visit The George Institute’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/thegeorgeinstitute) and hit the ‘like’ button between now and the end of November.

“You’ll also receive the latest information on The George Institute for Global Health’s groundbreaking research and collaborative projects into chronic diseases, including diabetes,” Mr Moore said.