Preventing complications

Diabetes is a complex condition that affects many parts of a person's body. It can also impact on a person's mental health. The potential complications of diabetes are the same for type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

  • People with diabetes are up to four times more likely to suffer heart attacks and strokes
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of preventable blindness in Australia
  • Kidney failure is three times more common in people with diabetes
  • Amputations are 15 times more common in people with diabetes
  • More than 30 per cent of people with diabetes experience depression, anxiety and distress
  • Early diagnosis, optimal treatment and effective ongoing support and management reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications

Knowledge of how to look after yourself to minimise or even prevent complications is an important first step.

The information in this section is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice or used to alter medical therapy. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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