Type 2 diabetes is the fastest-growing chronic disease in Australia, and affects the health of more than 1.5 million Australians, increasing their risk of major health complications and significantly reducing quality of life.
Many factors can contribute to the development of poor blood glucose control and type 2 diabetes. These include non-modifiable factors - or factors that we can't control - such as age, gender, family history of diabetes and having a certain ethnic background.
However, the good news is that there are many other modifiable risks that we can control, including what we eat and drink, whether we smoke, how much exercise we do and how much sedentary time we spend in our daily lives.
These are major factors in determining your risk of type 2 diabetes and, if you already have the disease, how effectively you can control it.
In fact, diet and exercise remain the cornerstones for effectively reducing your risk of, and managing, type 2 diabetes.
Research repeatedly shows that effective diet and exercise strategies can substantially reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, reduce your need for diabetes medication and, in some cases, even put type 2 diabetes into remission altogether.
However, all diet and exercise programs are not equal, and the vast amount and sheer variability in the information available, often from low-reputable, non-evidence-based sources feeds our desire to want to do right by our health.
But with so much confusion being generated, especially with readily available access to online media, we need to have information sources we can trust and which are grounded in strong scientific evidence.
For more than 20 years, the CSIRO has been conducting research and clinical trials into understanding the most effective diet and exercise strategies that can optimise improvements in blood glucose control and the management of type 2 diabetes.
This information, combined with high-quality research conducted by other international research laboratories, has advanced the understanding of the effects of different foods and dietary carbohydrates, proteins and fats on weight control and risk factors for metabolic disease, including heart disease, poor blood glucose control and diabetes.
This research has enabled us to develop an understanding of what works, and to bring you a diet and exercise plan that is based on the latest nutrition knowledge and scientific evidence for achieving effective weight control, promoting optimal health and managing type 2 diabetes.
- Professor Grant Brinkworth and Dr Pennie Taylor are the authors of the bestselling CSIRO Low-carb Diabetes Diet & Lifestyle Solution and its new companion volume, CSIRO Low-Carb Diabetes Every Day.