Approximately 3.61 million Australians have diabetes or pre-diabetes. Worldwide – 366 million people have diabetes.
Diabetes is a condition which is characterised by the presence of excess glucose in the blood due to the body not producing sufficient amounts of the hormone insulin, or when the body becomes resistant to insulin. Insulin is the hormone responsible for facilitating glucose entry into the cell, allowing the conversion of glucose to energy.
Diabetes in some cases can go unnoticed! Symptoms associated with the condition include; blurred vision, skin infections, slow healing, tingling and numbness in the feet.
Risk factors associated with diabetes are; family history, ethnic background, being overweight and lifestyle factors such as; unhealthy eating and a lack of regular exercise.
More information available at: http://www.australiandiabetescouncil.com
Could Sitting be the new Smoking?
Doctors have pointed out various studies that found that every hour seated cuts about 22 minutes from our life span. That was contrasted by a study which estimated that smokers shorten their lives by about 11 minutes per cigarette.
We spend as much as 80 per cent of our working day sedentary. Unsurprisingly a similar percentage of Australians experience back pain. When comparing people who spent the most time sitting with those who spent the least amount time, researchers found increases in the risks of diabetes (112%), cardiovascular events (147%), death from cardiovascular causes (90%) and death from all causes (49%). Being sedentary is putting the ‘sit’ in obesity
Have you had a reall break today?
When was the last time you took a break from your desk? Are you too busy? Have you got a lot on the go? Skipping lunch, eating at your desk and catching up on personal admin during lunch breaks is not only unproductive, but you could be putting yourself at risk of a number of health factors.
Research by ING Direct found that more and more Australians are skipping lunch, eating at their desk and catching up on personal admin during their breaks. The ING research found that;
- The typical Aussie lunch break is between 15-30 minutes
- 37 per cent of us spend lunchtime catching up on phone calls; 31 per cent do personal admin, 30 per cent go shopping and 24 per cent catch up on social media
- 31 per cent of us eat lunch in a communal area at/near work
- 7 per cent use their lunch break to go to the gym
Almost one in three (28 per cent) of people habitually eat at their desk; 33 per cent are skipping lunch entirely once or more a week; and 10 per cent work through their lunch break.