World Diabetes Day

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World Diabetes Day falls every year on 14 November and is a day when millions of people around the world come together to raise awareness of diabetes.

This year, the theme 'Eyes on Diabetes' is focused on promoting the importance of screening and early diagnosis of type 2 diabetes as well as treatment to reduce the risk of serious complications.

The problem

  • Diabetes is a huge and growing burden: worldwide 415 million adults were living with diabetes in 2015 and this number is expected to increase to around 642 million or one in ten adults by 2040.
  • It is estimated that close to half of all adults living with diabetes are unaware of their disease.

What does this mean?

  • Many people live with type 2 diabetes for a long period of time without being aware of the condition, during which time high blood glucose is silently damaging the body.
  • By the time of diagnosis, diabetes complications may already be present.

Some solutions

Are you at risk?

A Diabetes Risk Assessment is a simple method of identifying if you are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include:

  • lack of exercise
  • unhealthy eating
  • being overweight
  • family history

Click here to take the test today.

If you think you are at risk speak to you doctor.

Adopt a healthier lifestyle

Up to 70% of type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented or delayed by adopting healthier lifestyles, equivalent to up to 160 million cases by 2040.

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Eat a nutritious and balanced diet
  • Engage in physical activity on a regular basis
  • Quit smoking

Get educated

Diabetes education is a great way to learn ways to reduce your risk of developing diabetes or prevent your diabetes from getting worse over time.

ComDiab is a free, small group, community diabetes education program. Trained registered nurses, accredited with Diabetes NSW regularly deliver ComDiab sessions in community centres across Central and Eastern Sydney PHN.

Through two, 2 hour interactive sessions ComDiab will inform you about diabetes management and care. ComDiab sessions include practical information on:

  • benefits of healthy diet, regular exercise and weight management
  • understanding blood glucose levels
  • regular medication use
  • prevention of diabetes related complications
  • self-management

Whether you are newly diagnosed, diagnosed with T2DM some time ago or have been told you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes you could benefit from the information shared in these group sessions.

Visit our website for further information about attending ComDiab.

Download the 7th Edition of the IDF Diabetes Atlas.