World Diabetes Day highlights one in four Queenslanders over 25 lives with diabetes or pre-diabetes
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
The number of Queenslanders impacted by diabetes is grossly underestimated, according to Diabetes Queensland CEO Sturt Eastwood.
“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 said.
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.”
Early diagnosis and treatment 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 Eastwood said.
“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.
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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 diabetesqld.org.au.