Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are lifelong conditions that can
affect every part of an individual's life. Living well with these
conditions can reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications,
and improve the quality of life and life expectancy. While type 2
diabetes is largely preventable and can often be managed by healthy
eating and exercise alone, type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune
condition that attacks the cells in the pancreas that produce
Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age but it generally occurs in
children and young adults. Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented.
Type 2 diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition. There
are currently more than 192,000 people in Queensland diagnosed with
type 2 diabetes.1 However, Diabetes Queensland
believes there could be more than 500,000 Queenslanders who are
either undiagnosed, have pre-diabetes, or are at high risk of
developing the condition. Every day about 60 Queenslanders are
diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Australia also has one of the highest rates of type 1 diabetes
in the world with incidence of the condition also increasing. Type
1 diabetes cannot be prevented and there is no cure. The condition
affects about 10 per cent of people living with diabetes, including
nearly 22,000 Queenslanders.2
1. NDSS (February 2016) National Diabetes Map
2. NDSS (February 2016) National Diabetes Map
The NDSS and Diabetes Australia have developed fact sheets
covering a variety of topics about diabetes, healthy eating,
information for when you are feeling unwell, and for support
persons and carers.
The following fact sheets are available to download in...
Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander people are more than three times more likely
than non-Indigenous Australians to have diabetes or
Indigenous Australians living in remote areas are twice as
likely as Indigenous Australians in non-remote areas to...
Diabetes Queensland produces a range of regular magazines
and newsletters for people with diabetes and health