You don’t have to let diabetes stop you! If you need support you can participate in Diabetes Victoria’s education programs to live a long and healthy life with diabetes.
There are worrying statistics that 280 Australians develop diabetes every day, and that more than 4400 diabetes related amputations happen in Australia each year.
Around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes. This includes all types of diagnosed diabetes as well as silent, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.
All types are serious and, if not managed well, they can lead to health complications like heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, loss of vision and loss of limbs.
But you can live a long and healthy life. Managing diabetes well can significantly reduce the risk of these life-threatening complications.
How diabetes is managed is dependent on the type of diabetes and each individual. It’s important to regularly consult your health care team, including your Kyneton Medical Centre GP and our practice nurses.
For all types of diabetes, keeping blood glucose levels in a healthy range will help prevent both short-term and long-term complications. Healthy eating and physical activity are the keys.