by Philippa Begg

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic condition, which some people can have for their whole entire life. You can either be born with it (Type 1) or you could get it from being severely overweight (Type 2).

Type 1:

Type 1 is when the pancreas does not produce insulin. This type only represents 10-15 percent of all the people diabetes. Symptoms can include unexplained weight loss, blurred vision, weakness, fatigue, excessive urination and thirst. Around half of new cases diabetes occur in teenagers under 15 years of age.

Type 2:

Type 2 is where there is not enough insulin is produced. This is the more common type and it represents 85 - 90 percent of everyone that has diabetes. Type 2 usually occurs in adults 45 years and older but it is starting to occur in younger ages. The symptoms are very mild but some can be thrush, urinary tract or skin infections and slow wound healing.


  • 2 medium bananas mashed
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup (125ml) water
  • 125ml vegetable oil
  • 2 cups (250g) wholemeal flour
  • 1 teaspoon bi-carb soda
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries


  1. Preheat an oven to 180 degrees C. Grease 18 muffin cups, or line with patty cups.
  2. Mix together mashed bananas, egg, water, and oil in a large bowl. Mix in flour and baking soda until mostly smooth (you will still see lumps from the banana, but that's okay!). Gently fold the raspberries into the batter.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until golden and the tops spring back when lightly pressed, about 15 minutes. Remove muffins from tins, and cool on a wire rack.

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Want to know more? Head to these websites...

"Berry Banana Protein Cake." Natvia. Web. 1 Jan. <http://www.sweeterlifeclub.com/recipes/berry-banana-protein-cake/>.


"Diabetes Facts ." Dibetes Australia Vic. Web. 1 Jan. 2013. <http://www.diabetesvic.org.au/media-centre/diabetes-faqs#What_is_the_type_1_diabetes>.

"Diabetes Information." Healthy-ojas . Web. 1 Jan. <http://healthy-ojas.com/diabetes/diabetes-details.html>.

" No-sugar added banana blueberry wholemeal muffins." All Recipes Australia . Web. 1 Jan. <http://allrecipes.com.au/recipe/9698/no-sugar-added-banana-blueberry-wholemeal-muffins.aspx>.