Live Well with Diabetes

Diabetes is a complex disease that can affect your whole body. However, there are many things you can do to manage it. Alliance Pharmacies are focusing on Diabetes in July and August to help you optimise your diabetes management. By participating in the campaign, you will be given consults with a pharmacist, an informative lifestyle booklet, and access to an exercise app (GlucoseZone). Below is additional information about diabetes. Speak to your Alliance Pharmacy team member to find out more and get your booklet today! Let’s Live Well with Diabetes.

Download a copy of the Live well with Diabetes booklet HERE. 

Diabetes and the body

Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool (AUSDRISK)

The AUSDRISK tool can be used to estimate your risk of getting type 2 diabetes in the next 5 years. Find out your risk of developing diabetes.

https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/risk-calculator/

https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/the-australian-type-2-diabetes-risk-assessment-tool-ausdrisk.pdf

Blood Glucose Monitoring

One of the keys to treating diabetes is maintain blood sugar levels within a target range. Your levels can vary depending on the food you eat, activity, lifestyle, and medicines. Blood sugar monitoring can help you understand the link between blood sugar, food, exercise and insulin. Find out how to measure your blood sugar levels, when and how often to measure them, and the target levels.

https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/living-with-diabetes/managing-your-diabetes/blood-glucose-monitoring/

Diabetes-Related Health Issues

High blood sugar levels over a long period of time can seriously damage your blood vessels. This means that blood can’t travel to the parts of your body it needs to and may also mean your nerves won’t work properly either. Once you’ve damaged the blood vessels and nerves in one part of your body, you’re more likely to develop similar problems in other parts of your body.

HbA1c is is glycated haemoglobin. This is made when glucose, sticks to your blood cells and builds up in your blood. It's measured by a blood test that shows your average blood sugar levels over the last three months. A high HbA1c means you have too much sugar in your blood. We know that the higher your HbA1c level, the more you’re at risk of developing complications.

However, you can prevent or delay complications. Keeping blood sugarblood pressure and blood fats under control will hugely help to reduce your risk of developing complications. Regular blood glucose monitoring, eat healthy, keep active, and stop smoking are some ways to manage your diabetes. Act now to live better with diabetes.

Major/minor damage body diagram (Diagram from booklet uploaded for a bigger view)

Diabetes-related complications fact sheet (ndss.com.au)

Foot Care

Foot care is particularly important if you have diabetes. Foot problems are a common complication of this condition. Foot problems can be avoided if you take care of your feet and act quickly when you have a problem. It is important to do regular foot checks. Find out how.

https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/living-with-diabetes/preventing-complications/foot-care/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jC9hXPURsQA

Eye Care

All people with diabetes are at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. Vision loss or blindness may be preventable through early detection and timely treatment. Good control of diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol as well as regular eye examinations may prevent vision loss. It is important to get regular eye checks and take action before you notice any eye problems.

https://www.keepsight.org.au/eye_health_diabetes

https://www.ndss.com.au/wp-content/uploads/fact-sheets/fact-sheet-looking-after-your-eyes.pdf

Diabetes and Diet

Portion Control

Weight gain and sedentary lifestyles has become an increasing problem, particularly in the past few years, and a contributing factor to uncontrolled diabetes. When trying to lose weight, it is crucial to look at food intake. The plates, bowls, cups, etc, in the home play a role in how much we eat. There is help – you can get portion control plates which can assist in creating a nurturing and supportive environment at home. Find out more.

https://www.diabetessa.com.au/web/InfoProductDetails?iProductCode=515151&Category=6MANAGEBKS

https://accesshc.org.au/app/uploads/plating-it-up-the-portion-guide-factsheet.pdf  

Food Choices

Making healthier food choices is important to manage your diabetes and to reduce your risk of diabetes complications. Follow a healthy eating pattern based on plenty of vegetables and legumes (such as chickpeas, lentils, low-salt baked beans and kidney beans), include some high-fibre, low glycaemic index (GI) carbohydrates such as wholegrain breads and cereals and fruit, as well as some lean protein sources and reduced-fat dairy products, reduce your intake of saturated (unhealthy) fat and added sugars, and choose foods low in salt. 

https://www.diabetes.org.uk/resources-s3/2018-11/1512_10%20steps%20to%20eating%20well%20update_v5_.pdf

https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/food-activity/eating-well/what-should-i-eat/

https://www.ndss.com.au/wp-content/uploads/fact-sheets/fact-sheet-making-healthy-food-choices.pdf

Meal Replacement Shakes

For more rapid weight loss, consider meal replacement shakes. ‌A meal replacement shake is designed to replace your breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They are often filled with nutrients but have fewer calories than you would eat during a meal. By switching one, two, or even three meals a day out for a meal replacement shake, you can kick start your weight loss journey and see more rapid results.

How does it work? Very Low-Calorie Diet’s (VLCD) provide an amount of energy which is significantly less than the amount the body requires each day. This forces the body to start using its own fat stores as the main source of energy resulting in weight loss. VLCDs, through meal replacement shakes, are formulated to be a nutritionally complete (contain the required levels of micronutrients and macronutrients) to ensure that all daily nutritional requirements are met. This is to aid in safe and rapid weight loss.

Click on the link below to find out more.

BioSlim VLCD Program – BioSlim

Diabetes and Exercise

GlucoseZone

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health and help manage your diabetes. Physical activity plays a vital role in helping the body use glucose as fuel for muscles, which in turn lowers blood glucose levels. When the body starts to exercise, the muscles need energy to move. This energy comes from glucose in the blood as well as glucose stored in the muscles and, occasionally, from stores in the liver. There are numerous benefits of regular physical activity, some include improving mood and sleep, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and increasing strength, power and balance. Download the GlucoseZone App (free access for July and August 2022) or visit https://glucosezone.com/home.

Diabetes Support Services

Heads up on Diabetes – DA - https://headsupdiabetes.com.au/

Foot Forward – DA - https://www.footforward.org.au/

Keep Sight – DA - https://www.keepsight.org.au/

Diabetes Australia - https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/

NDSS - https://ndss.com.au/

Diabetes educator – find at https://www.adea.com.au/

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