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National Diabetes Week 2017 - It's About Time

“It’s About Time” for National Diabetes Week

It is National Diabetes Week from 9-15 July and Diabetes Australia’s "It’s About Time" campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and early treatment for all types of diabetes.

Too many Australians are being diagnosed with diabetes too late. The is true for both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. The delay in diagnosis is putting many people at risk of major life threatening health problems.

“It’s About Time” we detected all types of diabetes earlier and save lives.

“It’s About Time” we knew the early signs of type 1 diabetes

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Too many Australians are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes too late, over 600 people end up in hospital emergency rooms each year very sick, and then find out they have type 1 diabetes.

Knowing the early signs of type 1 diabetes

This National Diabetes Week we want to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of type 1 diabetes and help people to better understand the early symptoms of the condition.

Every year around 640 Australians end up very sick and in hospital with dangerous high blood glucose levels because the early signs and symptoms of type 1 diabetes are not recognised in time.

Failure to recognise the early symptoms of type 1 diabetes such as severe fatigue, thirst, increased visits to the toilet and weight loss can lead to diabetes ketoacidosis (DKA). This is an acute complication which can be life threatening and often requires hospitalisation.

Every year around 640 people who are newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes only learn they’ve got type 1 diabetes after presenting to hospital with DKA.

If not diagnosed in time, type 1 diabetes can be fatal. Everyone should know the early signs – the 4 T’s of Type 1 diabetes.

Find out more about type 1 diabetes here.

What are the 4Ts

The 4Ts are the early warning signs of type 1 diabetes. They are:

  • Thirsty - are they really thirsty and unable to quench that thirst?
  • Toilet – are they going to the toilet a lot?
  • Tired - are they more tired than usual?
  • Thinner - have they recently lost weight?

If you see these signs you should talk to your doctor straight away.


“It’s About Time” we detected silent, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes

Up to 500,000 Australians may have silent , undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. They may have type 2 diabetes for up to seven years before it is diagnosed. During this time type 2 diabetes may be damaging their blood vessels and nerves and causing vision loss, amputations, heart attacks, stroke and kidney damage.

About type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and makes up about 90% of all cases of diabetes. It’s a progressive condition that occurs when the body becomes resistant to the effects of insulin and/or gradually loses the ability to produce insulin in the pancreas. here We do not know what causes type 2 diabetes. While we know that family history and genetics play a role, lifestyle can also have a significant effect on the development of type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes develops over a long period of time and many people may have no obvious symptoms.

Find out more about type 2 diabetes here.

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Detecting type 2 diabetes

This National Diabetes Week we want to raise awareness about type 2 diabetes and urge people who might be at risk, to get checked. Type 2 diabetes is a serious, progressive and complex condition with serious complications including vision loss, kidney damage, heart attacks, stroke and limb amputation.

Many Australians already have type 2 diabetes, but don’t know it. In fact it is estimated, there could be up to half a million Australians living with silent, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.

Many people with type 2 diabetes will live with the condition for up to 7 years before it is diagnosed. By the time they are diagnosed, half of all people will have already developed at least one serious diabetes-related complication. Much of this damage is preventable if type 2 diabetes is diagnosed earlier.

Know your type 2 diabetes risk

Diabetes Australia is encouraging all Australians to assess their type 2 diabetes risk by taking a quick online risk assessment. You can assess your risk here

You can also visit to find out about taking a diabetes blood test from the convenience of your own home. They are giving away up to 1000 free tests for National Diabetes Week.

Diabetes Tasmania needs your help to support the campaign and spread the word

Diabetes Tasmania needs your help to support the campaign and spread the word.

Ways to support our “It’s About Time” campaign

  • Share the video - which you can find here
  • Share social media tiles and posts 
  • Download the type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes posters and display them in your workplace or community 
  • Use the hashtags #itsabouttime #NDW2017 
  • Tag @DiabetesTasmania on Facebook and @diabetestas on Twitter
  • Share your story via Facebook Twitter and Instragram 
  • Write to your local MP and tell them what it is like to live with diabetes or to care for someone with diabetes 
  • Donate to Diabetes Tasmania from the donate now button on the home page and help us fund our important services and programs.

Campaign Materials

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It's About Time - Facts and Figures

It's About Time Media Release EMBARGOED 10.00am 9 July 2017