DIABETES: Know the symptoms and risks
DIABETES is a very common disease in Australia.
In fact, last year an estimated 1.2 million people suffered from diabetes in the country, according to a snapshot from the Australian Bureau of Statistics' National Health Survey.
While it is popular, many people are still quite uneducated on what to look out for when it comes to diabetes, and what it even is.
For those who don't know, according to Diabetes Australia, diabetes is the biggest challenge for Australia's health system.
The same Australian Bureau of Statistics snapshot revealed there were 16,400 people who died from diabetes in Australia, with 55 per cent caused by type two diabetes.
According to Mayo Clinic, type one diabetes occurs when the body's immune system destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.
Type two diabetes occurs when the body becomes resistant to insulin, or when the pancreas cannot produce enough.
Information from Diabetes Australia shows that type two diabetes accounts for 85 per cent of all diabetes.
If you have diabetes, Health Direct writes that you can often experience these symptoms if you have type one diabetes:
1. Excessive thirst or hunger
2. Frequent urinating
3. Blurred vision
4. Skin infections and slow healing cuts
5. Nausea and vomiting
These symptoms for diabetes can often carry through to type two, however many people can also either have no main symptoms or often mistake them as an aging process.
According to Diabetes Australia, this disease can have severe implications including blindness, amputations, heart disease and death.
Because of this, if you notice any symptoms, contact your doctor immediately, and be sure to attend regular check-ups.