Un­der­stand the signs of di­a­betes

South Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

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.

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