Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service (DDHHS) is marking National Diabetes Week from 8 to 14 July 2018 by encouraging locals to be aware of diabetes symptoms and get regular medical checks.
DDHHS Nurse Manager 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 Two 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 One of Type Two 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 are being diagnosed with diabetes too late, putting many people at risk of major life-threatening health problems.
"Type Two diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia," she said.
"In 60 per cent of Type Two diabetes cases, early diagnosis can prevent serious complications such as blindness, kidney or cardiovascular disease and lower limb amputations.
"In Type One diabetes cases, any delay in diagnosis increases the risk of the medical emergency of diabetic ketoacidosis.
"As part of National Diabetes Week, we are raising awareness of the four T’s that could be early signs that you have diabetes."
The four T’s are:
Ms Moran said if you recognise any of the four T’s in yourself, you should see a doctor straight away.
"You can also be proactive about your health and reduce your risk of developing Type Two diabetes by eating a healthy diet that is low in sugars and exercising regularly," she said.
You can also assess your risk of developing Type Two diabetes using the diabetes risk calculator on the Diabetes Australia website: https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/risk-calculator.