Too many Australians are being diagnosed with diabetes too late. This is true for both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. The delay in diagnosis is putting many people at risk of major life-threatening health problems.
Early diagnosis, treatment, ongoing support and management can reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications.
You can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by eating a more healthy diet and being physically active which will help maintain a healthy weight to keep your sugar (glucose) levels normal and your body strong.
If you have any worries about diabetes, check the symptoms below and find out more from your Aboriginal Health Worker, Health Clinic/Community Centre, Aboriginal Medical Service or doctor.
How do you feel (symptoms)…?
If you have any of these symptoms you should talk to your doctor, health worker or nurse:
- Feeling tired or weak
- Go to the toilet a lot
- Feeling thirsty
- Leg cramps
- Feeling itchy
- Sores and boils that won’t heal
- Blurry vision
- Pins and needles
- Feeling grumpy or angry.
Through a simple test, a doctor can find out if they’re the result of diabetes.