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“This is really critical”: diabetes groups alarmed by fall in patients presenting for check-ups

Diabetes Australia, the Australian Diabetes Society and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners are urging people living with diabetes to have their routine pathology and other check-ups to avoid long-term damage to their health.

Around 1.35 million Australians have diabetes. This includes all types of diagnosed diabetes. For all types of diabetes, keeping blood glucose levels within a target range helps prevent both short-term and long-term complications. This is ensured with regular pathology tests and follow-up appointments with their health professional.

A Message to the Diabetes Community

Australia’s leading national diabetes organisations are standing together to support people with diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These are unprecedented times. However, Australia’s diabetes community is strong and resilient – and working together we are stronger.

We are united and focused on one thing – supporting and advocating for the health and wellbeing of all Australians with diabetes, and their families and support networks, and diabetes health professionals during this pandemic.

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