Diabetes is a long term (chronic) condition in which blood glucose levels become too high because the body produces little or no insulin, or cannot use insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that helps the body to use glucose (a type of sugar) for energy.
There are three main types of diabetes, all with different causal mechanisms:
- Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes Fact Sheet
- Type 1 Fact Sheet
- Type 2 Diabetes Facts at the Better Health Channel
- Gestational Diabetes
For more information on facts and statistics about diabetes and how it affects our population visit these Australian websites.
|Better Health Channel||http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au|
|Diabetes Australia – Victorian Branch||http://www.dav.org.au|
|Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation||http://www.jdrf.org.au|
The Hume Region has a population of 245,550 and it is estimated that there are at least 18,000 people living with diabetes of some form. Between 2 and 3,000 of these people have Type 1 diabetes and half of these will have been diagnosed as juvenile diabetes before the age of 18.