One in four over 25 lives with diabetes or pre-diabetes

Thursday, 14 November 2019

The number of Australians impacted by diabetes is underestimated. One in four Australians 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 effect diabetes is having on the community.

Diabetes is one of the fastest growing chronic health conditions in Australia, and to mark World Diabetes Day on 14 November, Diabetes NSW & ACT has released the latest diabetes statistics for the state.

There are 447,000 people living with diabetes in NSW and the ACT, and about 386,000 live with type 2 diabetes. In addition, it’s estimated there are another 190,000 who have type 2 diabetes but are yet to be diagnosed. There are also more than 14,500 women who have been diagnosed with gestational across NSW and the ACT.

Diabetes NSW & ACT CEO, Sturt Eastwood said, “Diabetes is a complex condition that requires daily monitoring, management and care.”

“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 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 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 NSW & ACT Facebook page to post their picture with the #mydiabetesfamily and let us know what they mean to you.


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