Do you recall your, diabetes diagnosis, or your kid’s? Did you know the signs of diabetes? I did. I was 24 years old, I saw my GP and asked to be tested for diabetes and after I noticed the signs of thirst, weight loss visiting the toilet and fatigue. I was diagnosed and was sent off to get a blood test. From the very first symptom to ‘Renza, you have type 1 diabetes,’ was ten days.
That was, and it was very dull.
But for plenty of individuals, diagnosis story is traumatic and complicated. I have orders or friends with diabetes that tell their story as they explain sometimes they visited their family doctor to be sent home with just a prescription for antibiotics. Parents speak of their children as they had been told that the symptoms would disappear and it was nothing more than growing pains.
The diabetes diagnosis comes. But it takes years or even weeks.
The analysis was a lot, despite being quick for me. Learning the language of diabetes, attempting to grasp the notion of administering insulin by injecting my skin, stabbing my hands through the afternoon, being introduced into a medical team who would currently be a part of my life, and wondering what my long-term health may now seem like was all overwhelming. But I was not feeling unwell — besides the unquenchable thirst and running to the loo every five minutes.
This week is National Diabetes Week in Australia, and this season, Diabetes Australia is shining a light on the importance of early detection, and early treatment, for all kinds of diabetes. Our campaign is called ‘It’s About Time,’since it’s about time we all understood the signs and symptoms of diabetes.
The first element of this campaign focused on type 2 diabetes and was launched on Sunday, especially the 500,000 Australians who are living with T2D that was undiagnosed and quiet.
People with type 2 diabetes will live with the condition for up to 7 years by then, half of all people will have developed complication that is one severe and before it’s diagnosed. If diabetes is diagnosed much of the damage is preventable.
Diabetes Australia is encouraging people to take the straightforward AUSDRISK assessment to look at their risk of type 2 diabetes and then to have a conversation with their physician.
Only 5 percent of Australians over age 40 years have had a type 2 diabetes risk check in the past two decades. The AUSDRISK assessment takes minutes.
On Wednesday, we’ll be starting the type 1 diabetes effort, ‘The 4Ts of Type 1 Diabetes’ that originated from the UK to raise awareness of the early signs of type 1 diabetes.
Every year, 640 Australians end up since symptoms, and the signs of type 1 diabetes in the hospital with glucose levels have been missed. The campaign aims to improve understanding of their common signs of type 1 and, they’re encouraged to see their physician straight away if anybody has these symptoms and ask about type 1 diabetes.t
The effort outlines these ‘4 ‘ Ts of type 1 diabetes’ to look for if somebody seems at risk:
- Tired – are they more tired than usual?
- Thinner – have they recently lost weight?
- Thirsty – are they hungry and not able to quench this thirst?
- Toilet — are they going to the bathroom a whole lot?
National Diabetes Week campaigns aim to increase awareness of diabetes and are for the public. We all know we understand that most individuals know very little and that people in the community do not take diabetes seriously.
How Can You Help?
Sure, Australia is a long way off from… well, pretty much everywhere. However, the campaign is true for individuals in every country on Earth. Please consider sharing our effort videos with friends and your loved ones.
Isabelle is nine years old and was diagnosed with type 1. Here, Isabelle and her mum Fleur share their diagnosis story.
Belinda has type 2 diabetes, and she informs her identification story here.
Could be the difference between someone receiving treatment rather than later and being diagnosed with diabetes.
It is about time.