Diabetes Information

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 insulin.


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



  • Fact Sheets

    Fact Sheets

    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

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are more than three times more likely than non-Indigenous Australians to have diabetes or pre-diabetes.ยน   Indigenous Australians living in remote areas are twice as likely as Indigenous Australians in non-remote areas to...

  • Publications


    Diabetes Queensland produces a range of regular magazines and newsletters for people with diabetes and health professionals. ...