Diabetes is the epidemic of the 21st century and the biggest challenge confronting Australia’s health system. Around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes. This includes all types of diagnosed diabetes (1.2 million known and registered) as well as silent, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes (up to 500,000 estimated).
Understanding diabetes and its seriousness is important.
- If you are living with diabetes, you need to learn how to manage your diabetes.
- If you have a family member or friend with diabetes, you can learn how to support them.
- If you are a teacher or employer, you have a duty of care to provide a safe environment.
- Importantly, if you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, you can take steps to prevent or slow down diabetes.