Diabetes is a disease characterised by
high blood glucose levels
. Normally, these levels are controlled by
, a hormone produced by the pancreas. There are three main types of diabetes:
Type 1 Diabetes
is usually diagnosed early in life.
Type 2 Diabetes
is the most common form of diabetes and usually occurs in adulthood. For many people (but not all) it can be prevented through living a healthy lifestyle.
develops during pregnancy in a woman who does not have diabetes. An
is a diabetes specialist and often works with a team with allied health professionals including nurse practitioners, dieticians, primary care and exercise physiologists to manage diabetes. Although diabetes is a chronic condition, it can be controlled.
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