This section provides information on diabetes, the different types and what to consider when managing diabetes, as well as specific information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and carers of people with diabetes. There is also more general health and wellbeing information, covering topics such as nutrition, exercise, travel and more.
The information in this section is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice or used to alter medical therapy. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.
What is Diabetes
When someone has diabetes, the body can’t maintain healthy levels of glucose in the blood. Glucose, which is a form of sugar, is the main source of energy for our bodies. It comes from foods we eat such as breads, cereals, fruit, starchy vegetables, legumes, milk, yoghurt and sweets. Glucose can also be made by your liver for times when you’re not eating, like overnight. Glucose is carried around the body in the blood stream.
The levels of blood glucose are controlled by insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas. As glucose enters the blood stream, the pancreas releases more insulin. The role of insulin is to help glucose go from the blood stream into the cells, such as your muscles, where it is needed for energy. Diabetes occurs when the pancreas can’t make insulin, or when there is not enough insulin, or insulin can’t work effectively.
In this section, you will find information on diabetes, printable fact sheets, and a list of useful links.
Diabetes information is targeted by type of diabetes, as well as being directed toward specific groups such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse communities and carers for people with diabetes.
NDSS Information Book
This booklet provides information about the NDSS including the services and products available, diabetes, its management and where to get assistance when required. This booklet is sent to all people diagnosed with diabetes (other than gestational diabetes) when registering with the NDSS. Women with gestational diabetes are provided with a booklet specifically developed for gestational diabetes.