National Diabetes Week runs from 8 to 14 July 2018. The theme this year is
It’s About Time
In 2018, National Diabetes Week will continue to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and early treatment for all types of diabetes as part of the “It’s About Time” campaign.
Too many Australians are being diagnosed with diabetes too late. This is true for both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. The delay in diagnosis puts people at risk of long-term complications.
“It’s About Time” we knew the early signs of type 1 diabetes
Too many Australians are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes too late. Over 600 people end up in hospital emergency rooms each year very sick, and then find out they have type 1 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes should be diagnosed early so that it can be managed to minimise the risk of serious illness and long-term complications. During National Diabetes Week we are encouraging everyone to learn the early signs – the Four Ts of Type 1 diabetes:
- Thirsty – are they really thirsty and unable to quench that thirst?
- Toilet – are they urinating a lot?
- Tired – are they more tired than usual?
- Thinner – have they recently lost weight?
“It’s About Time” we detected type 2 diabetes
Up to 200,000 Western Australians may have silent, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. They may have type 2 diabetes for up to seven years before it is diagnosed. During this time type 2 diabetes may be damaging their blood vessels and nerves and causing vision loss, amputations, heart attacks, stroke and kidney damage.
There are a number of factors that might increase a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes, for example:
- Having a relative with a chronic condition
During National Diabetes Week we are encouraging people to check their risk, and if it is high, to get a blood test. The sooner type 2 diabetes is diagnosed, the sooner it can be managed to avoid long-term complications.
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