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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.
Having pre-diabetes does not mean you will necessarily develop type 2 diabetes, but you will have a higher risk than if you had normal glucose levels.
Diabetes screening tests
A diabetes screening test may be a good idea if you are at high risk since diabetes can occur without symptoms. Find out about the risks and how diabetes screening tests are carried out.
Diabetes testing and monitoring
Trusted information about diabetes testing and monitoring, blood sugar testing equipment and ketone testing equipment can be found on this page.
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.
Type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t make enough insulin or doesn’t use it well. Unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed.
There are many types of diabetes medicine, such as insulin, metformin and sulphonylureas. There's no one-size-fits-all medicine for diabetes.
Discover how diabetes can slowly damage your retina (the layer of light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye), leading to diabetic retinopathy.
Diabetic neuropathy, which affects people with diabetes, causes pain or numbness in the hands, feet or limbs because the nerves are damaged. Learn more here.
Find out how gestational diabetes it is treated and what you need to know before and after birth.