World Diabetes Day 2019
Thursday 14 November, 2019 is World Diabetes
Day. A day to give voice to people living with
Family and diabetes
This World Diabetes Day we're celebrating families and showing
our appreciation for the things they do every day to care for those
living with diabetes.
There are currently 1.3 million Australians living with
diabetes. For every person who is living with diabetes, there are
family, friends, health professionals and carers offering support
which doubles or maybe even triples the number of people dealing
with the challenges of diabetes every day.
Tell us about your diabetes family
We'd love to hear all about your diabetes family. Share your
story and acknowledge those who are most important in helping you
manage your diabetes by posting their photo and a short message on
social media. Tag us and use the hashtag #mydiabetesfamily.
Help us spread the word about diabetes signs
Early diagnosis and treatment of diabetes is the key in helping
to prevent and delay life-threatening complications. If type 1
diabetes is not detected early, it can be fatal. While a
delayed diagnosis of type 2 diabetes can lead to
complications like blindness, amputation, kidney or heart
Help us raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of
diabetes. Download type
1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes posters and share them
in your workplace, community, school or with friends.
Join our diabetes family
Diabetes Queensland supports over 251,000 Queenslanders
currently living with diabetes, via a range of educational programs
covering everything from diabetes management, diet, exercise and
emotional wellbeing. We offer training programs for teachers and
carers looking after children with type 1 in their
care and we connect you to others living with diabetes so you can
create supportive networks in your area.
Find out more about the benefits of becoming a member of Diabetes
Queensland here or find an event in your local area by searching
Caring for someone with diabetes
The role families and friends play in the care and support for
people living with diabetes can't be underestimated. For the person
living with diabetes, knowing they have the care and support of
loved ones makes a big difference to their physical and emotional
But remember, if you're a carer it's important to make sure you
have the support you need too. Don't forget you can call our
dedicated Helpline on 1800 177 055 if
you need some extra support.
Did you know that a healthy lifestyle which includes a healthy
diet and exercise can delay or prevent nearly 60% of type 2
diabetes? When families and friends eat healthy meals and exercises
together, everyone benefits and it encourages behaviour that can
help prevent type 2 diabetes.
Check out our tasty recipes and tips for
exercising to help you and your family stay in shape.
Queenslanders with prediabetes and other risk factors for type 2
diabetes can take advantage of the free, State Government-funded
healthy lifestyle program My
health for life. The program has helped thousands of
Queenslanders get their health back on track and reduce their risk
of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. To find out more
about the program, or to take the online health check, visit myhealthforlife.com.au.
This World Diabetes Day we're acknowledging everyone in our
diabetes family and those who care for them. Together, we're making
sure that no one is dealing with the challenges of diabetes
To stay up to date with our World Diabetes Day activities,