Face the facts

Eeeny, meeny, miny moe… are you the ONE who doesn’t know?

One in six adults are at risk – Could it be you?

Diabetes is one of Australia’s and our state’s most serious and costly chronic health conditions. 1.4 million people in Australia are living with diabetes, of which 87% have type 2 diabetes.

It is estimated there are another 500,000 people who have undiagnosed diabetes, and 16% of adults are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Globally, there are 415 million people living with diabetes and without significant change, by 2040 it is estimated that 642 million people will have diabetes.

The time to act is now.

Diabetes SA has partnered with Country SA PHN and Lions District 201 C1, to present a series of 10 regional events for type 2 community awareness and screening, with a kick-off in Clare on Thursday 25th of March. The events are part of a state-wide campaign led by Diabetes SA called facethefacts.org.au and are funded by Country PHN.

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms as well as the risk factors for type 2 diabetes. The events provide everyone with an opportunity to be screened free of charge and receive information and tips on how to lower their risk for type 2 diabetes.

South Australia has one of the highest rates of type 2 diabetes in the country, and around 180,000 adults are at risk of developing the condition if no action is taken. We really want people to be aware of their risk of developing type 2 diabetes and it’s as simple as doing an AUSDRISK test which includes 11 questions to determine the risk.

The test can be completed online, or at the event on the day. People in the high-risk range attending the event will be offered a simple blood test, and results will be able to be shared with the individual’s doctor.

Undiagnosed diabetes can mean long term high glucose levels that damage the body’s blood vessels and nerves, leading to long term health complications including heart, kidney and eye disease, and nerve damage in the feet. Determining if a person is at risk of type 2 diabetes gives people the opportunity to make health and lifestyle changes that can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes. It’s not worth the risk. Face the facts.