Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces.
Types of diabetes
Type 1 diabetes
Type 1 diabetes, usually diagnosed in children and adolescents, is when the body is not producing enough insulin and the patient must therefore have daily injections of insulin. The cause of Type 1 diabetes is not known.
Type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body cannot effectively use insulin. 90 Percent of all diabetes cases are Type 2 in nature and are largely caused by lack of exercise, being overweight and living an unhealthy lifestyle. Until recently, this type of diabetes was seen only in adults but it is now also occurring in children.
Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy and increases the risk of complications during pregnancy and at delivery. Women who suffer from this type of diabetes have a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.
What you can do to avoid becoming a statistic
Simple lifestyle changes can help to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.
Beat diabetes by:
Maintaining a healthy body weight – Get your blood glucose levels measured at your local pharmacy as part of your Preventative Care Benefits (available across most options)
Getting active– with at least 30 minutes of regular, moderate-intensity activity on most days. Pay less for your gym membership with your free Zurreal benefits or earn your full gym fees back in rewards with Zurreal Platinum
Eating a balanced diet – Say no to sugary treats and choose a balanced, healthy diet
Kicking the habit – say good-bye to smoking and hello to a healthier you
Joining the Resolution Health Patient Driven Care™(PDC™) programme – if you are diabetic our unique disease management programme will help you manage your benefits to make sure you have all the cover you need