A group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the blood (high blood glucose).
FACT: There is no such thing as “mild” diabetes. All types of diabetes are serious and can lead to complications if not well managed. Diabetes can affect quality of life and can reduce life expectancy.
FACT: Not all types of diabetes can be prevented. Type 1 is an autoimmune condition, it cannot be prevented and there is no cure. The cause of type 1 diabetes is still unknown. Diabetes prevention programs can help prevent type 2 diabetes.
FACT: Being overweight or obese is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes but it is not a direct cause. Type 1 diabetes is not preventable and not associated with weight, physical inactivity or any other lifestyle factors.
FACT: Many Australian sport champions have type 1 diabetes.
FACT: Because diabetes effects blood glucose levels, many people think they need to avoid sugars and foods containing sugar. However, if eaten as part of a healthy meal plan, or combined with exercise, sweets and desserts can be eaten bypeople with diabetes. The key is to eat everything in moderation.