Are you one of them?
Were you aware that approximately half the people with diabetes don’t know they have it?
People with diabetes are three times more likely to develop kidney damage and diabetes is the major cause of kidney disease in Australia.
This month the RFDS is focusing on the prevention, detection and management of diabetes. Our website ‘in focus’ area offers detailed information on the RFDS role in treating patients with diabetes and preventing the onset of illness in rural and remote areas. There are links to resources on diabetes and key papers and reports for health professionals as well as a list of key external websites devoted to diabetes.
What is type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition where there is too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. It is the most common type of diabetes. It develops slowly and the symptoms may not be noticed or recognised. Symptoms can include being very thirsty, urinating frequently and in large amounts, weight changes, feeling weak and tired, blurred vision, skin infections and slow healing wounds. Sometimes there are no symptoms, which is why it is important that you have a check for diabetes. Take the AusDrisk test at www.diabetesvic.org.au and see your doctor for a fasting blood glucose test.
To find out who’s at risk and how to prevent diabetes go to http://www.flyingdoctor.org.au/Health-Services/Clinic-Services/Health-Promotion/In-Focus—Diabetes/