‘It’s About Time’ aims to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and early treatment for all types of diabetes.

Too many Australians are being diagnosed with diabetes too late. This is true for both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. The delay in diagnosis is putting many people at risk of major life-threatening health problems.

Early diagnosis, treatment, ongoing support and management can reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications.


  • is the leading cause of blindness in adults
  • is a leading cause of kidney failure
  • is the leading cause of preventable limb amputations
  • increases the risk of heart attacks and stroke by up to four times

It’s About Time we detected all types of diabetes earlier and save lives!

Type 2 Diabetes

Up to 500,000 Australians may already have silent, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.

It may be 7 years before they are diagnosed.

During this time, type 2 diabetes can do serious harm and lead to:

  • Blindness
  • Kidney damage
  • Amputation
  • Heart attack and stroke

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Find out your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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Type 1 Diabetes

Every year hundreds of people end up in hospital because the early signs of type 1 diabetes are missed.

If not diagnosed in time, type 1 diabetes can be fatal.

It’s about time we learnt the 4Ts – the early signs of type 1 diabetes:

  • Toilet
  • Tired
  • Thirsty
  • Thinner

Learning the 4T’s could save a life.

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