World Diabetes Day is held annually on November 14, the same day in 1922 insulin was discovered by Sir Frederick Banting and Charles Best. Diabetes is a chronic condition characterised by high levels of glucose in the blood. As the incidence of diabetes has increased, so too has the awareness of diabetes in the community. The theme of WDD for 2018 and 2019 is ‘The Family and Diabetes,’ aiming to highlight the “impact diabetes has on the family and support networks”, and “promote the role of the family in management, care, prevention and education of diabetes.”
The main types of diabetes are type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes.
It is estimated 6%, or 1 in 17 Australians have diabetes. Unfortunately the prevalence of all forms of diabetes has been increasing. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and people living in remote and very remote areas of Australia are at increased risk of developing, being hospitalised and dying from diabetes.
In keeping with the theme of The Family and Diabetes, we’ll briefly discuss how you can tap into your support networks to get the most out of life with diabetes.