The number of Queenslanders impacted by diabetes is grossly
underestimated, according to Diabetes Queensland CEO Sturt
"One in four Queenslanders over the age of 25 lives with
diabetes or pre-diabetes. If you add to that number the family,
friends and carers who support them, you have a more accurate
picture of the impact of diabetes on the community," Mr Eastwood
Diabetes is one of the fastest growing chronic health conditions
in Australia. To launch World Diabetes Day in
Queensland on November 14, Diabetes Queensland has released the
latest diabetes statistics in the state. There are more than
250,000 people living with diabetes, and about 220,000 live with
type 2 diabetes. It's estimated there are another 100,000
Queenslanders who have type 2 but haven't been diagnosed yet.
There are also 7,670 women diagnosed with gestational diabetes
in the state at present.
"Diabetes is a complex condition that requires daily monitoring,
management and care," Mr Eastwood said.
"You can't underestimate the role families play in helping
people maintain good health. Everyone from mums and dads to
grandparents, brothers and sisters to friends, health
professionals, teachers, co-workers, researchers and volunteers all
play a role in helping to detect, prevent and care for people
living with diabetes."
of diabetes is key to helping prevent or delay life-threatening
complications. If type 1 diabetes is not
detected early, it can be fatal. A delayed diagnosis of type 2
diabetes can lead to complications such as blindness, amputation,
kidney or heart disease, and depression or anxiety.
"Knowing the signs of diabetes can help protect your family," Mr
"That's why we're encouraging everyone to be on the lookout for
symptoms such as dramatic sudden weight loss, tiredness or
excessive thirst and urination. We're also encouraging anyone over
40 to include a diabetes test in their annual check-up.
"Type 2 is more difficult to pick because the symptoms can be
mild, which people just dismiss as getting a bit older."
"For those with a loved one living with type 2 diabetes,
supporting the changes they need to make to their diet and exercise
routine can make all the difference to help them live well and
avoid serious complications," Mr Eastwood said.
To acknowledge and celebrate the people who are part of your
diabetes family head to Diabetes Queensland Facebook page to post their
picture with the #mydiabetesfamily and let us know what
they mean to you.
If you are looking for information or support in managing your
diabetes, call 1300 136 588 or visit
07 3506 0986
0409 126 332
About Diabetes Queensland
Diabetes Queensland is the only charity in the state that cares
for people with all types of diabetes. We provide educational
programs, support, advocacy services, and fund vital research into
better treatments and the search for a cure so people with diabetes
can live their best lives. For more information contact Diabetes
Queensland on 1800 177 055, or visit