• 50,000 Queenslanders are missing out on vital education that is putting them at a higher risk of limb amputations, blindness and other debilitating complications associated with diabetes.


    Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute marked National Diabetes Week (13-19 July) by encouraging health services to collaborate to ensure people receive consistent and credible education across all of Queensland to manage the condition and avoid complications.


    "Unmanaged diabetes is a ticking time bomb and when it goes off it can lead to blindness, limb amputation, kidney disease and other potentially fatal conditions," Ms Trute said.


    "Diabetes can lead to serious, and ultimately, fatal complications and it is critical people are aware of what they need to do to manage the condition.


    "Diabetes Queensland's research has found more than 25 per cent of Queenslanders with diabetes, or around 50,000 people, have never received the kind of structured education required to ensure they have the skills and knowledge to manage this complex condition."


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    Roche Diagnostics Australia has advised the Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) of a potential fault involving a small number of Accu-Chek Spirit Combo insulin pumps. The fault affects insulin pumps with serial numbers between 10171897 and 10281629. Roche has advised that it has written to all consumers using these pumps.


    Affected pumps may generate an error message ('E7: ELECTRONIC ERROR') and an audible signal at pump start up. If this occurs, it will prevent the pump from operating. Roche is recalling all affected pumps and will provide replacements. Roche advises that the issue affects less than 0.5% of pumps and does not affect new pumps with product serial numbers from 10281630.


    Roche has provided instructions on how to clear the 'E7: ELECTRONIC ERROR'. These instructions can be found here.


    If you have further questions or concerns please contact Roche on 1800 633 457.

  • A majority of Aussie adults are eating biscuits and cakes more than they are eating fruit.

    While 58 per cent of adults are eating fruit every day, 68 per cent are opting for biscuits and cakes, according to results from a recent Australian Health Survey.


    Diabetes Queensland credentialled diabetes educator Fleur Cross said while the survey found the average Australian's daily kilojoule intake had fallen slightly, the results were still concerning.


    Read more here.

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  • Monash University researchers have found Metformin can be used to prevent insulin resistance developing into type two diabetes.

    Researchers conducted a trial with 120 obese women and found women using Metformin had improved insulin resistance and weight loss.  These effects were seen in women with excess abdominal weight, but not in those who were morbidly obese.

    "These promising findings could have a significant impact on the treatment of people at risk of diabetes and, ultimately, reduce the number of new cases of [type 2 diabetes]," Monash University Director of Women's Health Group Professor Susan Davis said.
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  • Could Alzheimer's disease actually be 'type 3' diabetes?


    That's the new theory Australian researchers are trying to test. 


    Researchers are designing new drugs targeting the brain's resistance to insulin in the hope that it could play a leading part in new treatments for conditions like dementia and all types of diabetes. 


    Associate Professor Mike Lawrence, with the Walter and Eliza Institute, is studying the way the brain works to regulate insulin. 


    "We've got a discovery here that actually has possibilities for utilisation in three major diseases. We've now got the tools and knowledge to bring together all these threads," Associate Professor Lawrence said. 


  • Diabetes Queensland is encouraging women to take a type 2 diabetes risk assessment to reduce their risk of complications like having a stroke.


    This follows a University of Queensland review of more than 60 international studies that show women with type 2 diabetes have a 27 per cent higher risk of having a stroke than men with diabetes.


    Professor Rachel Huxley, who conducted the research in collaboration with the UK's University of Cambridge and Australia's George Institute for Global Health, said the study was the first to reveal a significant difference in the risk of stroke between men and women.


    "Research has shown that diabetes confers a greater risk of having a heart attack in women than men, and now we have shown that this gender difference also extends to stroke," Professor Huxley said.


    "Data was pooled from three-quarters of a million people, including more than 12,000 individuals who had suffered strokes, both fatal and non-fatal.


    "Our analysis of the data showed, in comparison to men with diabetes, women with the condition had a 27 per cent higher relative risk of stroke even after taking into account other risk factors such as age and blood pressure."

  • The flu is serious - particularly for people with all types of diabetes - and this is why Diabetes Queensland is encouraging people to make their annual flu shot a priority.


    Research has shown people with diabetes are six per cent more likely to be hospitalised with the flu than people without diabetes. So don't wait, make an appointment with your GP today.


    This year Queensland Health has already received more than 900 flu notifications and
    the flu season has just begun.


    "The flu, just like any other infection, interferes with your blood glucose levels," Sharon said.


    "Generally this means making them high which means it can take you longer to recover from the flu as well as putting you at a higher risk of developing complications of the flu." 

    See our fact sheets for sick days with type 1 and sick days with type 2 diabetes.


    Roche, manufacturers of the Accu-Chek Mobile blood glucose monitors, has advised Diabetes Queensland of updated user instructions for this monitor. Roche has identified that a small number of people using the device have experienced falsely elevated blood glucose readings when using the system without following the described handling instructions. 

    The updated instructions can be found at . In summary, the instructions include:

    • Wash your hands with warm water and soap. Dry your hands thoroughly before obtaining a blood sample
    • Form a proper blood drop and apply it to the centre of the test field
    • Immediately apply the blood gently after you have created the blood drop
    • Do not press against the test field on the tape
    • Touch the test area gently, you finger should be removed from the test field when the beep tone sounds and/or "test in progress" is displayed.

    Roche advise that if you are concerned about the accuracy of a particular blood glucose reading, please refer to the possible sources of error listed in the user manual and perform a test with a control solution. If you are still concerned about a reading, please contact a healthcare professional. 

    If you have further questions about the product please contact the Accu-Chek Contact Centre on 1800 800 535.

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