National Diabetes Week 2019
"Its About Time" - we
took the time to know the signs and symptoms of diabetes
National Diabetes Week runs from 14 - 20 July and this year
we're raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of diabetes to
increase earlier detection and promote action.
Every day almost 300 Australians are diagnosed with diabetes.
But for many the diagnosis is being made too late putting them at
risk of life threatening or serious health issues.
That's why we're urging people to "take the time" to learn the
signs and symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Each year 640 children and adults are admitted to hospital
because the early symptoms of type 1 diabetes - severe fatigue,
thirst and weight loss - are not recognised [Understanding type 1
diabetes]. More than half of these hospital admissions are
children and teens and when you know that type 1 diabetes can be
fatal if not diagnosed in time - making sure the early signs and
symptoms are picked up is critical.
On top of this there are almost half million who are living with
type 2 diabetes but don't know it. That's because type 2 diabetes
can be "silent" and occur without any obvious symptoms [Understanding type 2
diabetes] When type 2 diabetes goes undiagnosed there is the
danger of complications like vision loss and blindness, kidney
failure, nerve damage and heart disease occurring [Complications of
Help us spread the word
Diabetes doesn't discriminate and type 1 and type 2 are both
more common that you think. This National Diabetes Week help us get
the word out there by downloading and sharing these posters in your
workplace, school or community hall.
We don't want the next person diagnosed with diabetes to be your
child, sister, brother, mother, father, husband, wife or friend.
With your help we can spread the word and raise awareness of the
risks of diabetes.