Help spread the word for National Diabetes Week

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This National Diabetes Week (July 14-20), Diabetes Queensland is raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of diabetes to increase earlier detection and promote action.

To kick off the week, Diabetes Queensland will host the Kellion Medal ceremony on Sunday, July 14, for people who have lived with diabetes for 50, 60 or 70 years. On Wednesday, July 17, Brisbane’s Story Bridge will be lit blue for diabetes and Abbott is sponsoring  a Story Bridge climb for people living with type 1. On the same night, Diabetes Queensland will present Diabetes Australia Research Trust awards to four Queensland research projects.

These events will draw attention to the fact that every day, almost 300 Australians are diagnosed with diabetes. For many, the diagnosis is late, which puts 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, such as severe fatigue, thirst and weight loss, are not recognised.

More than half of these hospital admissions are children, teens and young adults. Type 1 diabetes can be fatal if not diagnosed in time, so spreading awareness of the early signs and symptoms is critical.

Type 2

There are more than 1.1 million Australians living with type 2 diabetes, with more than 215,000 Queenslanders living with the condition.

On top of this, there are almost half a million Australians who have developed type 2 diabetes but don’t know it.

That’s because type 2 diabetes can be “silent” and develop without any obvious symptoms.

When type 2 diabetes is undiagnosed or untreated, there is a danger of complications such as vision loss and blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage and heart disease occurring.

Help us spread the word

Diabetes doesn’t discriminate and type 1 and type 2 are both more common than you may be aware.

This National Diabetes Week, please help us get the word out there by downloading and sharing our posters in your workplace, school or community hall. Click here for more information, the posters and resources.

We don’t want the next person diagnosed with diabetes to be your child, sister, brother, mother, father, husband, wife or friend. But if they have developed the condition, we want them to get a quick diagnosis.

With your help, we can spread the word and raise awareness of the risks of diabetes.

Join our community of over 33,000 people living with diabetes