Beat diabetes

Advocate for people with diabetes on World Diabetes Day.

Feeling tired, thirsty and losing weight? You could have diabetes.

According to Diabetes Queensland 1.7 million Australians are currently living with diabetes and an estimated 500,000 people are undiagnosed.

World Diabetes Day (WDD) on 14 November aims to spread awareness about the different types of diabetes, symptoms and treatment. 

The campaign, represented by a blue circle logo, is designed to encourage families to learn more about the warning signs of diabetes and how it can be prevented.

There are three different types of diabetes:

  1. Type 1 (an auto-immune condition that cannot be prevented)
  2. Type 2 (can be delayed or prevented in nearly 60% of cates through a healthy lifestyle)
  3. Gestational diabetes (can occur during pregnancy).

Diabetes Queensland CEO Sturt Eastwood, who has Type 1 diabetes, urged Queenslanders over 40 years old or concerned about having symptoms to see their GP.

“Type 2 diabetes is becoming increasingly common with approximately 220,000 Queenslanders diagnosed,” Mr Eastwood said.

“The problem is it is often harder to diagnose because people can associate the symptoms and changes in their health with getting older.

“If left undiagnosed it can put people at risk of complications including blindness, amputation, kidney damage, heart attack and stroke.

“The sooner you're diagnosed, the sooner you can learn how to manage your condition and delay or prevent complications.”

Symptoms for type 1 can be remembered by the ‘4Ts’:

  • Toilet - are you going to the toilet a lot?
  • Thirsty - do you have an unquenchable thirst?
  • Tired - are you more tired than usual?
  • Thinner - have you recently lost a lot of weight?

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes can include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Increased thirst
  • Always feeling hungry
  • Feeling very tired
  • Blurry vision
  • Slow healing of cuts and wounds
  • Numbness or pain in hands or feet.