Diabetes is the world’s fastest-growing chronic disease.
Diabetes is a medical condition where the body fails to process blood sugar or glucose in a normal way. There are several types of diabetes including type 1, type 2, gestational, and pre-diabetes. Understanding the different kinds of diabetes can help you understand the symptoms and treatment available.
Diabetes is a complex condition that turns lives upside down. It can profoundly interfere with and affect everyday life and can lead to nerve damage, limb amputation, blindness and kidney failure.
It comes at a great cost. This disease affects the physical and emotional well being of those living with the condition, those closest to them, and their carers.
The symptoms can be subtle – tiredness, feeling lethargic, feeling thirsty, blurred vision. These symptoms can often be put down to normal daily stresses, age, or general wear and tear. Getting people diagnosed early remains a key priority for Diabetes Queensland.
The growing burden of disease reinforces the need for better education and support to help people better manage their condition in the community.