The ‘It’s About Time’ campaign launched for National Diabetes Week (14-20 July) is about encouraging early detection and early, optimal treatment of type 2 diabetes which the evidence shows can produce health benefits for people and prevent hospitalisations. People with diabetes account for around one-third of all hospitalisations.
This National Diabetes Week ‘it’s about time’ we all took the time. That means it’s about time we took the time to learn the 4Ts, the early warning signs of type 1 diabetes. It also means it’s about time we took the time to get checked for type 2 diabetes.
For many Australians, putting themselves at the bottom of their ‘to do list’ puts their health at risk. This could include being diagnosed with diabetes too late. This is true for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Not making time for yourself, or time to learn the early warning signs, can put you at risk of major life-threatening health problems. Both types of diabetes are more common than you think.
Take the time. You’re important, your family is important and it’s really important, we don’t waste any more time. It’s about time.
Did you know diabetes…
Is the leading cause of blindness in working age adults?
Is a leading cause of kidney failure?
Is the leading cause of preventable limb amputations?
Increase a person’s risk of heart attacks and stroke by up to four times?
It’s about time you made ‘me time’, took time out and put you first. There is no time to lose. The earlier type 2 diabetes is detected, the more lives will be saved.
Diabetes is diagnosed by a blood test. Most people with Type 1 diabetes and some with type 2 diabetes will present with symptoms of diabetes – eg increased thirst, urination and tiredness. Some people will also have signs of slow healing of wounds or persistent infections. However, many people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms at all.