Diabetes Action Month: Know the difference and Join the MoveMeant

Maori, Pacific and Indian people have a much greater risk of diabetes than those of European descent. This year’s New Zealand Diabetes Action Month theme is ‘Know the Difference’, which aims to counter common misconceptions about the different types of diabetes. Diabetes NZ is teaming up with FitBit, Equal and Natural’s sweeteners and Sanofi to giveaway Join the MoveMeant packs valued at over $300. Read about the different types diabetes and find out how to enter below.

 

 

Diabetes is a disease where your body cannot control its blood sugar levels properly – either because your body doesn’t make enough (or any) insulin, or because your cells have become resistant to insulin.

 

There are different types of diabetes, so this year’s Diabetes Action Month theme is ‘Know the Difference’, which aims to counter common misconceptions about these different types of diabetes.

 

Type 1 diabetes

 

Type 1 diabetes is when your body has stopped producing insulin. People with type 1 diabetes need to inject insulin to live.

 

  • Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children

 

  • Type 1 diabetes is less common than type 2 diabetes

 

Type 2 diabetes

 

Type 2 diabetes is when your cells have become insulin resistant or your body doesn’t produce enough insulin to keep you healthy.

 

  • Type 2 diabetes usually develops in adults but it is becoming more common in children

 

  • Type 2 diabetes is the only type of diabetes linked with obesity

 

Diabetes in pregnancy

 

Pregnant women can also develop diabetes. This is known as gestational diabetes (or ‘diabetes in pregnancy’). It usually goes away when the baby is born.

 

Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes. For many people (though not all) it can be prevented through making lifestyle changes such as eating healthily and being active.

 

Along with partners FitBit, Equal and Natural’s sweeteners and Sanofi, Diabetes NZ wants to help Kiwis kick start their healthy lifestyle, by giving away Join the MoveMeant packs valued at over $300.

 

Join the MoveMeant Giveaway

 

To enter, simply comment on this facebook post by tagging a friend you want to work out or get active with:

 

 

To find out more about Diabetes in NZ, head to diabetes.org.nz.


09/11/17