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Diabetes

Diabetes is a long-term condition where blood glucose levels become too high as the body either produces little or no insulin, or can't use insulin properly.

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Diabetes types

There are three main types of diabetes: diabetes type 1, diabetes type 2 and gestational diabetes. Find out about diabetes types.

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Diabetes medication

There are many types of medicines used to treat diabetes. The specific medicine will depend on the type of diabetes, as well as the state of your general health. Find out more about insulin, metformin, sulphonylureas and other medications.

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Diabetes treatment

The aim of treating your diabetes is to keep blood glucose levels as close to 'normal' as possible. Find out about treatment options for diabetes.

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Diabetes symptoms

Symptoms for type 1 diabetes may occur suddenly while symptoms of type 2 diabetes have a gradual onset. Find out about diabetes symptoms.

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Diabetes prevention

Nothing can be done to prevent type 1 diabetes. However, type 2 diabetes results from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Find out how diabetes can be prevented.

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Living with diabetes

Having diabetes can make some aspects of life more challenging, but it doesn’t define who you are or prevent you from enjoying and participating in life. Find out how to manage with diabetes.

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Non-insulin based diabetes treatments

Information about non-insulin based diabetes treatments, non-insulin medicines and what to do if you take the wrong type of medicine can be found on this page.

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Stay safe while flying with diabetes

If you live with diabetes and travel by plane, forward preparation is crucial. Use these tips on meals, insulin and emergency planning so you arrive safely.

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Why a diabetes test might be overdue for you

Diabetes is being diagnosed too late in many Australians, and by delaying a visit to the doctor they put themselves at risk of life-threatening health problems.

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Metformin

Metformin is a medicine that is commonly prescribed for managing type 2 diabetes. To get metformin, you need to have a prescription written for you by your doctor. Find out more about metformin on this page.

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