What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn't make enough insulin or can't use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood.


Diabetes is a silent killer that has no cure but can be managed through making lifestyle changes. Awareness is the first step in the battle against diabetes followed by taking the test and getting active.


Diabetes occurs as a result of problems with the production & supply of insulin in the body.

Each year 7 million people develop diabetes. Diabetes kills almost 4 million people each year that is one person every 10 seconds


Over 300 million people are living with Diabetes worldwide and the number is predicted to reach 430 million by 2025.

World Diabetes Day is celebrated on November 14 & it is a global event that unites millions of people in over 160 countries to raise awareness of diabetes.


One in two people suffering from Type 2 diabetes may not even know they have they have the condition.

If Diabetes is detected early, treatment along with lifestyle changes can greatly reduce the risks associated.


Diabetes can affect anyone. Each year 7 million people develop diabetes globally.

One in two people suffering from Type 2 diabetes may not even know they have they have the condition.



Bring together people who share common experiences, conditions, concerns, goals or interests. They offer people an opportunity to improve their quality of life through mutual support and education.

They can also bring about change for themselves and the wider community.

  • Provides information to members and the general public about Diabetes.

  • Facilitates and coordinates community education forums in all rural areas.

  • Works with health care professionals including dietitians, podiatrists and diabetes educators to raise awareness of diabetes complications.

  • Advocates for change and better lifestyle options through community support and education.

Beat Diabets


Diabetes is classified into four broad categories: type 1, type 2, gestational diabetes, and "other specific types"

Type 1 diabetes, which was previously called insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) or juvenile-onset diabetes, may account for about 5% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes, which was previously called non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) or adult-onset diabetes, may account for about 90% to 95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes.

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that only pregnant women get. If not treated, it can cause problems for mothers and babies. Gestational diabetes develops in 2% to 10% of all pregnancies but usually disappears when a pregnancy is over.

Other specific types of diabetes resulting from specific genetic syndromes, surgery, drugs, malnutrition, infections, and other illnesses may account for 1% to 5% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes.

Diabetes Symptoms

1) Frequent urination

2) Excessive thirst

3) Unexplained weight loss

4) Extreme hunger

5) Very dry skin

6) Sores that are slow to heal

Diabetes Effects

1) Heart Disease

2) Excessive Urination

3) Stomach Problems

4) Nervous System

5) Brain

6) Dry, Cracked Skin

Diabetes Prevention

1) Control Your Weight

2) Tune Up Your Diet

3) If You Smoke, Try to Quit

4) Eat a small meal

5) Snack on a veggie

6) Get plenty of fiber