National Diabetes Week
‘It’s About Time” we detected all types of diabetes earlier.
1.7 million Australians have diabetes, which includes all types of diagnosed diabetes and silent, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia, with over 100,000 people developing diabetes in the past year.
If undiagnosed, type 1 diabetes can cause diabetes ketoacidosis (DKA), which can be life-threatening and often requires hospitalisation.
This is why it is important to know the 4 T's of Type 1 Diabetes:
- Thirst - are you thirsty and unable to quench that thirst?
- Toilet - are you going to the toilet a lot?
- Tired - are you more tired than usual?
- Thinner - have you recently lost weight?
If you or someone you know may be experiencing these symptoms, speak to your doctor today.
There could be up to 500,000 Australians with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes, which can lead to complications such as amputation, blindness and kidney disease if not treated.
People over the age of forty or with a high risk of developing diabetes should be screened for the disease every three years.
Visit the health promotion space at Monash Medical Centre located opposite Zouki Cafe to learn more about the early detection and treatment of diabetes.
For more information, please visit the Diabetes Australia website or call the NDSS Helpline on 1300 136 588.