Look out for warning signs
DIABETES is divided into type 1 and type 2.
People with type 1 diabetes do not produce insulin at all and require an external source, usually through injection of insulin.
People with type 2 do not produce enough insulin, or the insulin they do produce is ineffective.
Like all health conditions, diabetes has warning signs.
These include increased thirst, increased urination particularly at night, feeling tired and lethargic, constant hunger, slow healing skin sores, itchy skin and skin infections, blurred vision and unexplained weight loss.
There are some people who have no symptoms.
In these cases your GP can order a blood test to determine whether you have diabetes or are pre-diabetic.
Family history also plays a role in your diabetes risk as well as being overweight or obese, low levels of physical activity, smoking, cardiovascular disease and either high blood pressure or abnormal blood fats.
For more information visit diabetesqld.org.au.