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.
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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 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 www.myhealthtest.com 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.
Like hundreds of thousands of Australians, Sydneysider Belinda Nakauta was shocked when she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Belinda says for more than a decade, she didn’t take it seriously but after a serious complication, Belinda found the motivation to change her lifestyle. Belinda’s experience has motivated her to share her story, she says "Don’t wait. Do a risk assessment now.”