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National Diabetes Week 2019

"Its About Time" - we took the time to know the signs and symptoms of diabetes

 

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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.

 

Type 1

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. 

 

Type 2

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 diabetes]

 

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.

Date

14 July 2019

Time

14 - 20 July, 2019

Location

Statewide

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National Diabetes Week 2019 resources