WHAT IS DIABETES?
It's not an illness you can catch like a cold or cure like an infection. Diabetes is a condition in which the body is unable to properly use and store glucose (a type of sugar). We need glucose for the energy for everyday activities. In diabetes glucose builds up in the bloodstream causing the amount of blood glucose (sometimes called blood sugar) to rise too high. High blood glucose causes damage to blood vessels over time so it is important that the amount of blood glucose in the body is kept as close to a normal level as possible.
Pre diabetes - what you can do -- a guide for New Zealanders
How to keep yourself or someone you love free from diabetes. Did you know that one in five New Zealanders has something called "pre diabetes"? That means you don't quite have diabetes -- but you almost do. And if you keep on like you are, you'll probably get it soon. But if you don't have diabetes now, you don't have to get it. All it takes is a few simple changes and you can stay a lot more healthy.
To find out more, just go to www.prediabetes.co.nz - and Rãwiri Paratene will talk with you about how easy it is for you to delay or stop diabetes -- for yourself or someone you love. Before it's too late.
Stories from people successfully living with diabetes
Image credit Kris Sosna 'Maketu Inlet'
Researchers have published the first reliable evidence of the prevalence of diabetes and prediabetes in Mew Zealand. The number of people with diabetes is likely to rise significantly in future years unless effective prevention strategies are introduced. Caroline Wood reports.
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