Understand the signs of diabetes
DARLING Downs Hospital and Health Service (DDHHS) is marking National Diabetes Week from July 8 to 14, 2018, by encouraging locals to be aware of diabetes symptoms and get regular medical checks.
DDHHS nurse manager for Toowoomba Diabetes Service Louise Moran said Diabetes Queensland statistics show that up to 500,000 Australians and 100,000 Queenslanders are unaware they have type 2 diabetes.
“Diabetes is a significant health issue in our region, with 5.5 per cent of people living within DDHHS boundaries diagnosed with either type 1 of type 2 diabetes,” Ms Moran said.
“This is higher than the national average of 5.1 per cent and the Queensland average of 4.7 per cent,” she said.
“This leads me to believe that there is probably also a high rate of people in our region with undiagnosed diabetes.”
Ms Moran said too many Australians were being diagnosed with diabetes too late, putting many people at risk of major life-threatening health problems.
“Type 2 diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia,” she said.
“In 60 per cent of type 2 diabetes cases, early diagnosis can prevent serious complications such as blindness, kidney or cardiovascular disease and lower limb amputations.
“In type 1 diabetes cases, any delay in diagnosis increases the risk of the medical emergency of diabetic ketoacidosis,” Ms Moran said.
“As part of National Diabetes Week, we are raising awareness of the four Ts that could be early signs that you have diabetes.” The four Ts are:
Thirsty – are you really thirsty and unable to quench that thirst?
Toilet – are you going to the toilet a lot?
Tired – are you more tired than usual?
Thinner – have you recently lost weight?
Ms Moran said if you recognise any of the four Ts in yourself, you should see a doctor straight away.