What is diabetes? Diabetes occurs when the pancreas cannot make insulin, or when there is not enough insulin, and/or the insulin produced does not work effectively. If you or someone you know has diabetes, read on to understand what diabetes is, the different types of diabetes people can have, and what to consider when managing diabetes. Diabetes facts and figures Read more about Type 1 diabetes Type 2 diabetes Gestational diabetes Other types of diabetes Pre-diabetes Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Find out more Caring for someone with diabetes Find out more People with an intellectual disability Find out more Supporting older people with diabetes Find out more Diabetes facts and figures The NDSS has diabetes data snapshots and an Australian Diabetes Map that provide information on the prevalence of diabetes in Australia. Find out more Diabetes facts and figures The information here is meant to be helpful as a general guide. It is not a substitute for medical advice and it should not be used to change medical therapy. Talk to your health professional about your individual medical needs.