NPS launches new online information hub on World Diabetes Day
14 November 2011
On World Diabetes Day (14 November 2011), NPS is launching an online information hub to help people with type 2 diabetes be medicinewise about their condition.
NPS Clinical Adviser Dr Danielle Stowasser says the online hub is a comprehensive source of information about type 2 diabetes, including its causes, diagnosis and treatment.
“There’s no doubt that managing your health can be like taking on a part-time job when you have a chronic condition, and the new NPS online information hub seeks to make this easier by providing independent and evidence-based information that is easy to understand,” says Dr Stowasser.
“Being diagnosed with a condition like diabetes often means lifestyle changes and having to manage a range of medicines, tests, and relationships with different health professionals who all have a role to play in helping you live well with your condition.
“NPS encourages people to be medicinewise by asking questions and learning about their condition and the available treatments.
“The theme for World Diabetes Day is education and prevention, and in line with this, the new NPS diabetes hub offers information on the vital role of healthy eating and physical activity, as well as in-depth information on the diabetes medicines available in Australia, how they work and their possible side effects and interactions.”
The incidence of type 2 diabetes worldwide is increasing and in Australia it is believed that almost one million people have type 2 diabetes, though not all of these people know that they do.
“Along with the increasing prevalence of diabetes worldwide, we have seen an increase in the number of medicines available to treat diabetes, with several new classes of medicines released over the past few years and more in the pipeline,” says Dr Stowasser.
“Although more medicines means that there are more treatment options, it also makes understanding all the options and their risks and benefits much harder, and not surprisingly people often turn online for that information.”
The type 2 diabetes online hub is the first in a series of information hubs to be launched on a range of conditions and health topics, including depression, vaccines and respiratory tract infections. The introduction of the hubs is part of a greater website upgrade project for NPS over the coming year.
The NPS type 2 diabetes information hub is available at www.nps.org.au/conditions/type_2_diabetes
ENDSIndependent, evidence-based and not-for-profit, NPS enables better decisions about medicines and medical tests.We are funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.