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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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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31 May 2016 Find links to online resources for type 2 diabetes management here.
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31 May 2016 People with type 2 diabetes may require several interventions and medications to control multiple risk factors. Read more.
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31 May 2016 The Diabetes Health Tracker can help you manage type 2 diabetes. Download the tool here.
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