Toowoomba Hospital’s Diabetes Team are marking World Diabetes Day (14 November) by asking everyone to be on the lookout for signs and symptoms of the prevalent disease.
The theme of this year’s international day is ‘diabetes concerns every family’.
"This year’s theme is a real reminder that diabetes is a concern for everyone and that we should be all looking out for the health and welfare of our loved ones," Toowoomba Hospital clinical nurse consultant – diabetes Louise Moran said.
Diabetes is a condition where the body can’t maintain normal blood glucose levels. There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM).
"Sometimes the symptoms of diabetes can be quite mild and can often go unnoticed," Ms Moran said.
"Symptoms like hunger and fatigue, increased urination and increased thirst can be early signs of diabetes and should be followed up with your GP."
In some areas of the Darling Downs, diabetes rates are 15 per cent higher than the national average.
"As part of the Toowoomba Hospital’s Diabetes Team, our goal is to keep people with diabetes out of hospital and in good health at home," Ms Moran said.
"We work in partnership with our clients to provide a more holistic approach to their care."
The Toowoomba Hospital will host a display for World Diabetes Day on 14 November in the foyer of the Emma Webb building.