Diabetes Queensland connects Queensland's
largest community of people with all types of diabetes, their
families, carers and supporters. For almost 50 years, we've
helped thousands of Queenslanders get more from life by providing
them with the right tools, information and support needed to
properly manage their diabetes.
Diabetes Mellitus (diabetes) is the world's fastest growing
chronic disease. It occurs when the body cannot produce enough
insulin, or when the insulin the body makes does not work properly.
Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas. After food is
digested, carbohydrates in the food are broken down into glucose
which then enters the blood stream. Insulin enables the body to use
glucose for energy.
Type 1 diabetes is most commonly found in children and
adolescents, but can occur at any age. It occurs because the
pancreas loses the ability to make insulin and is a lifelong
condition. People with type 1 diabetes need to be given insulin to
Type 2 diabetes is different from type 1
diabetes. People with type 2 diabetes are able to make
insulin but when it is released into the blood stream it is unable
to work properly. Other types of diabetes include gestational
diabetes, which occurs in women during pregnancy,
and pre-diabetes, which occurs as a result of increased blood
glucose levels (BGLs).
Diabetes Queensland works hard to help people
living with diabetes, health professionals, government, researchers
and the broader community gain a better understanding of the
condition, provides best diabetes management tools and information
based on the latest research, and provides ongoing support and
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