Diabetes is one of the fastest growing health conditions in Australia. Every day around 80 Victorians develop diabetes. The latest figures show that 333,000 Victorians have been diagnosed with diabetes. In addition, Diabetes Victoria estimates that 125,000 Victorians don’t know that they have type 2 diabetes and a further 750,000 Victorians are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
As part of National Diabetes Week (14 – 20 July), Diabetes Victoria have launched a campaign to raise awareness and highlight why diabetes is too important to ignore.
There are three main types of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common type. Type 1 diabetes affects 1 in 10 people living with diabetes and gestational diabetes accounts for 5 per cent of all diabetes cases. All types of diabetes are complex and serious. But they are all different conditions.
This video was produced by Diabetes Victoria
Diabetes services are offered at multiple cohealth sites and include:
- diabetes education
- exercise physiology
- care coordination
cohealth also runs group education programs with focus on reducing risk of developing diabetes and heart disease. A specialist HARP (Hospital Admission Risk Program) is also available for those with complex diabetes and who are at risk of needing hospital care.
Diabetes services assist clients to learn how to understand and manage their diabetes, emotional health and other general health issues surrounding diabetes. Services include support in the prevention, treatment and management of complications of diabetes.
At cohealth, adults with a diagnosis of pre-diabetes or type 1 or type 2 diabetes can access these services. People with diabetes during pregnancy are seen by specialist hospitals.
Find out more information about cohealth’s diabetes services and make an appointment.