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Managing diabetes

Managing diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is a life-long autoimmune condition that is usually diagnosed in childhood or early adulthood but can occur at any age. 

 

In type 1 diabetes, the body's own immune system attacks and destroys the beta cells in the pancreas that are responsible for producing insulin.  As the body needs insulin to survive, people with type 1 diabetes must replace this insulin every day.  At present, insulin can only be given by injections or through a pump.  Type 1 diabetes affects approximately 10 -15 percent of people with diabetes.

 

  • Services and Programs

    It's important that good diabetes management habits are established as early as possible after diagnosis.  We support those with type 1 diabetes from the onset of the condition, and throughout the person's life. ...

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  • Newly Diagnosed

    If you, or someone you know, has recently been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, you may be experiencing a range of emotions.  Although managing the condition may seem daunting at first, it does not prevent you from living a full and happy life.   Diabetes Queensland provides ongoing...

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  • Healthy Living

    There are several important elements to living a healthy life with type 1 diabetes. People with diabetes are recommended to follow the same healthy eating and activity guidelines as the general population (there's no need to follow a special diet!).   It is also important to recognise that...

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  • Coping with Diabetes

    Coping with hypos, health emergencies, travel, driving, insulin, discrimination issues and even making decisions on when and what to eat, are all part of coping with type 1 diabetes.   Diabetes Queensland is here to guide and support you along the path to maximising your health...

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  • Insulin

    Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas. Your body uses insulin to move glucose from the bloodstream into cells where it is used as energy. Insulin injections are required because your body is not producing insulin.   Why inject insulin? Insulin is a protein. It can't be given in...

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  • Pregnancy

    To give yourself and your baby the best start you can, it is very important that you review your diabetes care and general health with your healthcare team at least three months before you start trying to get pregnant.   There are specialised services to support women with diabetes both...

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  • Children and Adolescents

    Schools, parents and students Diabetes Basics is an online information centre providing practical advice and guidelines for Queensland schools, including emergency health plans for students, diabetes care plans and the guidelines for Queensland schools for students...

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  • Older people

    With increasing age, the number of people with diabetes also increases. Approximately 50% of all Australians with diabetes are aged 65 years or older.   The NDSS website provides resources specifically to assist in the management of diabetes in older people....

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