NATIONAL DIABETES WEEK

14th of July – 20th of July

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are almost four times more likely than non-Indigenous Australians to have diabetes or pre-diabetes. Improving the lives of people affected by all types of diabetes and those at risk among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is a priority for Diabetes Australia.  Visit your local doctor and get a health check for prevention of diabetes. Have your check-ups with your doctor, health worker or nurse. Have regular check-ups for your eyes, feet, kidneys and blood pressure.

Diabetes in Australia

  • 280 Australians develop diabetes every day. That’s one person every 5 minutes
  • Around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes
  • More than 100,000 Australians have developed diabetes in the past year
  • Leading cause of blindness and the leading cause of kidney failure
  • Increase risk of heart attack and stroke by up to 4 times
  • Major cause of limb amputation 4,400 amputations are carried out every year
  • Affects mental & physical health
  • Type 2 diabetes is one of the major consequences of the obesity epidemic
  • 4,400 amputations are carried out every year
  • An estimated 2 million Australians are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes

Diabetes Prevention

People at risk of type 2 diabetes can delay and even prevent the condition by

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Regular physical activity
  • Making healthy food choices

WALK RUN DANCE AND PLAY 30 MINUTES EVERY DAY!