1 in 8 Australian mums will be diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
People with diabetes are 4x more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.
Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness in Australia.
Every year 4,400 amputations in Australia are diabetes related.
Diabetes does not discriminate – it affects people at any age and stage of life
Diabetes is one of the biggest threats to Australia’s health and productivity. The diabetes epidemic in Australia and around the world continues to grow in numbers and impact.
Despite many advances, there is still much work to be done to improve the lives of people with diabetes. Australians with diabetes still face discrimination, stigma and high rates of serious complications including vision loss, amputations, kidney damage, heart attack and stroke.
Taking part will make a difference
Every year Diabetes Australia invests more than $3.5 million into diabetes research to support and improve the lives of people with diabetes. Unfortunately, we can only fund a small percentage of the projects seeking funding. At least 80% of research applications are turned away because of a funding shortfall. Taking part in Dance4Diabetes will help Diabetes Australia fund more research projects and work towards better prevention, management and hopefully one day a cure for diabetes. For example:
Support research into foot nerve damage prevention and decrease the risk of diabetes-related amputations.
Help researchers find new treatments for diabetes-related heart disease that could prevent heart attacks and heart failure.
Support breakthrough research that could lead to a diabetes cure!
Learn about ‘The Cure Club’ and ‘100 Years of Insulin’…
Dancing is fun and healthy
Dancing not only gets you moving it will also bring a smile to your face. You can do it almost anywhere, at any time, with a group, partner or on your own. It’s a great way to be active and can help people manage all types of diabetes. For people who don’t have diabetes it can help them reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes.
Benefits of Dance:
- Improved cardiovascular health
- Better balance and strength
- Exercises your brain and helps with cognitive performance
- Everyone can dance. It’s all inclusive!
- Is a social activity. Being around other people while dancing is good for social and emotional health.
- Reduces stress, decreasing symptoms of anxiety and depression and boosting self-esteem.
It’s easy to start dancing now by taking part in Dance4Diabetes.