Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are almost four times more likely than non- Indigenous Australians to have diabetes or pre-diabetes.

If you have any worries about diabetes you can find out more from your Aboriginal Health Worker, Health Clinic, doctor or contact us.

What is diabetes? 

Sugar (glucose) gives you body energy. The sugar comes from the food you eat and drink. This sugar moves around your blood and moves into your muscles with something called insulin. Diabetes is when your insulin isn’t working properly to move the sugar out of the blood into the muscles. For more information visit:

Why me?

We don’t know how or why some people get diabetes, but we do know that some things can increase your chance of getting it.  These things are:

Nobody knows why or how people get diabetes. After a while it can damage your heart, kidneys, eyes, feet and nerves making you really sick.

Talk to your doctor, clinic, nurse or health worker about having a test to find out if you have diabetes. You can’t always feel it or see it happening, so you might not know you have it.

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