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About Diabetes Queensland

No one has to tackle the challenges of diabetes on their own.

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 stay alive. 


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 advice.


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