50,000 Queenslanders are missing out on vital education that is
putting them at a higher risk of limb amputations, blindness and
other debilitating complications associated with diabetes.
Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute marked National Diabetes
Week (13-19 July) by encouraging health services to collaborate to
ensure people receive consistent and credible education across all
of Queensland to manage the condition and avoid complications.
"Unmanaged diabetes is a ticking time bomb and when it goes off
it can lead to blindness, limb amputation, kidney disease and other
potentially fatal conditions," Ms Trute said.
"Diabetes can lead to serious, and ultimately, fatal
complications and it is critical people are aware of what they need
to do to manage the condition.
"Diabetes Queensland's research has found more than 25 per cent
of Queenslanders with diabetes, or around 50,000 people, have never
received the kind of structured education required to ensure they
have the skills and knowledge to manage this complex
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RECALL NOTICE - ACCU-CHEK SPIRIT COMBO
Roche Diagnostics Australia has advised the Therapeutic Goods
Association (TGA) of a potential fault involving a small number of
Accu-Chek Spirit Combo insulin pumps. The fault affects insulin
pumps with serial numbers between 10171897 and 10281629. Roche has
advised that it has written to all consumers using these pumps.
Affected pumps may generate an error message ('E7: ELECTRONIC
ERROR') and an audible signal at pump start up. If this occurs, it
will prevent the pump from operating. Roche is recalling all
affected pumps and will provide replacements. Roche advises that
the issue affects less than 0.5% of pumps and does not affect new
pumps with product serial numbers from 10281630.
Roche has provided instructions on how to clear the 'E7:
ELECTRONIC ERROR'. These instructions can be found here.
If you have further questions or concerns please contact Roche
on 1800 633 457.
A majority of Aussie adults are eating biscuits and cakes more
than they are eating fruit.
While 58 per cent of adults are eating fruit every day, 68 per
cent are opting for biscuits and cakes, according to results from a
recent Australian Health Survey.
Diabetes Queensland credentialled diabetes educator Fleur
Cross said while the survey found the average Australian's
daily kilojoule intake had fallen slightly, the results were still
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researchers have found Metformin can be used to prevent insulin
resistance developing into type two diabetes.
Researchers conducted a trial with 120 obese women and found women
using Metformin had improved insulin resistance and weight loss. These effects
were seen in women with excess abdominal weight, but not in those
who were morbidly obese.
"These promising findings could have a significant impact on the
treatment of people at risk of diabetes and, ultimately, reduce the
number of new cases of [type 2 diabetes]," Monash University
Director of Women's Health Group Professor Susan Davis
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Could Alzheimer's disease actually be 'type 3' diabetes?
That's the new theory Australian researchers are trying to
Researchers are designing new drugs targeting the brain's
resistance to insulin in the hope that it could play a leading part
in new treatments for conditions like dementia and all types of
Associate Professor Mike Lawrence, with the Walter and Eliza
Institute, is studying the way the brain works to regulate
"We've got a discovery here that actually has possibilities for
utilisation in three major diseases. We've now got the tools and
knowledge to bring together all these threads," Associate Professor
Diabetes Queensland is encouraging women to take
a type 2 diabetes risk assessment
to reduce their risk of complications like having a stroke.
This follows a University of Queensland review of more than 60
international studies that show women with type 2 diabetes have a
27 per cent higher risk of having a stroke than men with
Professor Rachel Huxley, who conducted the research in
collaboration with the UK's University of Cambridge and Australia's
George Institute for Global Health, said the study was the first to
reveal a significant difference in the risk of stroke between men
"Research has shown that diabetes confers a greater risk of
having a heart attack in women than men, and now we have shown that
this gender difference also extends to stroke," Professor Huxley
"Data was pooled from three-quarters of a million people,
including more than 12,000 individuals who had suffered strokes,
both fatal and non-fatal.
"Our analysis of the data showed, in comparison to men with
diabetes, women with the condition had a 27 per cent higher
relative risk of stroke even after taking into account other risk
factors such as age and blood pressure."
The flu is serious - particularly for people with all types of
diabetes - and this is why Diabetes Queensland is encouraging
people to make their annual flu shot a priority.
Research has shown people with diabetes are six per cent more
likely to be hospitalised with the flu than people without
diabetes. So don't wait, make an appointment with your GP
This year Queensland Health has already received more than 900
flu notifications and
the flu season has just begun.
"The flu, just like any other infection, interferes with your
blood glucose levels," Sharon said.
"Generally this means making them high which means it can take
you longer to recover from the flu as well as putting you at a
higher risk of developing complications of the flu."
See our fact sheets for sick days with
type 1 and sick days with
type 2 diabetes.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ACCU-CHEK MOBILE
Roche, manufacturers of the Accu-Chek Mobile blood glucose
monitors, has advised Diabetes Queensland of updated user
instructions for this monitor. Roche has identified that a small
number of people using the
device have experienced falsely elevated blood glucose readings
when using the system without following the described handling
The updated instructions can be found at www.accu-chek.com.au . In summary, the
- Wash your hands with warm water and soap. Dry your hands
thoroughly before obtaining a blood sample
- Form a proper blood drop and apply it to the centre of the test
- Immediately apply the blood gently after you have created the
- Do not press against the test field on the tape
- Touch the test area gently, you finger should be removed from
the test field when the beep tone sounds and/or "test in progress"
Roche advise that if you are concerned about the accuracy of a
particular blood glucose reading, please refer to the possible
sources of error listed in the user manual and perform a test with
a control solution. If you are still concerned about a reading,
please contact a healthcare professional.
If you have further questions about the product please contact the
Accu-Chek Contact Centre on 1800 800 535.