Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes mellitus

Find reliable independent health and treatment information about type 2 diabetes written by Australian experts. This includes resources for consumers and health professionals. We also have information and resources for type 1 diabetes.

About type 2 diabetes

Almost one million people in Australia have type 2 diabetes, that's about 1 in every 20 Australians.

Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic condition that affects your body’s ability to regulate the amount of glucose (a type of sugar) in your blood.

High blood glucose levels can cause a range of different symptoms, and — over time — complications, if your diabetes is not monitored and managed.

Type 2 diabetes can be successfully managed using lifestyle measures and medicines, and the more you know about your condition, the better.

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For health professionals  

While good glycaemic control is important in the long term, addressing lifestyle factors, blood pressure and blood lipids is essential in the early stages. The prevalence of type 2 diabetes, and the associated cardiovascular diseases, is increasing in Australia. Diabetes impacts quality of life and life expectancy as a result of microvascular complications and the increased risk of macrovascular complications.

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For your patients

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Clinical information

The information below is intended for health professionals. It uses the latest guidelines and evidence to help health professionals further understand the issues around the management of type 2 diabetes. It also includes resources to help educate patients and carers.

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Related information - type 2 diabetes


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20 Jul 2016 Find out about Actaze Tablets. Plus information and tips on how to use medicines wisely and safely.
20 Jul 2016 Diaformin XR Extended release tablets is a brand of medicine containing the active ingredient metformin hydrochloride. Find out about side effects, who can take it and who shouldn’t use Diaformin XR Extended release tablets by reading the latest Australian consumer medicine information, plus tips on how to use medicines wisely and safely.
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14 Jul 2016 New type 2 diabetes patient decision aid to improve medicine adherence issues: from NPS MedicineWise.
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13 Jul 2016 A new survey* of Australians living with type 2 diabetes—released by NPS MedicineWise during National Diabetes Week—has shown more than one in four (28%) admit that they miss doses of their diabetes medicines.
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07 Jul 2016 The purpose of a decision aid is to improve communication and understanding of healthcare options and to encourage consumers and healthcare professionals to collaborate on decisions. The decision aid can be used before a consultation to learn about the options, during the consultation to discuss and jointly decide on an option or at another time with discussion at a follow-up consultation. This decision aid is for people who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, have tried lifestyle changes and are deciding whether to continue with lifestyle changes alone or start metformin.
10 Jun 2016 The Diabetes Annual Cycle of Care is a program of free medical check-ups to help you monitor and manage type 2 diabetes.
06 Jun 2016 Find out about Acarbose Mylan Tablets. Plus information and tips on how to use medicines wisely and safely.
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02 Jun 2016 A new educational program helps HPs keep up with the latest evidence on 2nd and 3rd line medicines for lowering blood glucose.
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01 Jun 2016 Tables that show the data for graphics in Diabetes MedicineWise News, June 2016