These diabetes fact sheets have been developed by Diabetes Australia and the state and territory diabetes organisations, on behalf of the NDSS (National Diabetes Services Scheme), as simple and practical education tools for diabetes management. You can download individual copies below and for ordering bulk packs of 50 click here.

  • Alcohol and diabetes

    Most people can enjoy a small amount of alcohol.
  • Alternative Sweeteners

    While alternative sweeteners are not necessary, some people may still choose to use these to add sweetness without adding sugar and kilojoules.
  • Blood Glucose Monitoring

    Checking your blood glucose levels (also called self-monitoring) can help you look after your diabetes.
  • Carbohydrate counting and diabetes

    Foods that contain carbohydrate are an important source of fuel for your body.
  • Coeliac disease and diabetes

    Coeliac disease is a condition  where an intolerance to gluten  causes small bowel inflammation  and damage.
  • Diabetes-related Complications

    Looking after your diabetes is important for your long-term health.
  • Eating Out

    Eating out is an enjoyable part of life, and having diabetes shouldn’t stop you from sharing a meal with family and friends.
  • Food Choices

    Healthy eating, along with regular physical activity, can help you look after your diabetes.
  • Glycemic Index

    Choosing the right amount and type of carbohydrate foods can help you manage your blood glucose levels.
  • Healthy Meal Ideas

    Planning and preparing nutritious meals is important for good health.
  • Healthy Snacks

    Eating the right balance of healthy foods can help you live well with diabetes.
  • Hints For Healthy Cooking

    Healthy eating for people with diabetes is no different from what is recommended for everyone.
  • Insulin

    Insulin is a hormone that allows glucose to move from the bloodstream into body cells where it can be used for energy.
  • Looking After Your Dental Health

    Looking after your dental health is important when you have diabetes.
  • Looking After Your Eyes

    Diabetes can cause both short-term and long-term problems with your eyes.
  • Looking After Your Feet

    Diabetes can increase the risk of developing problems with your feet. You can reduce this risk if you have regular foot checks.
  • Looking After Your Heart

    People living with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, including heart attack.
  • Looking After Your Kidneys

    Having healthy kidneys can help keep your body in good condition and improve your general well being.
  • Managing Hypoglycaemia

    Hypoglycaemia, also known as a hypo, occurs in people with diabetes when their blood glucose level drops below 4mmol/L.
  • Managing Sick Days For Type 2 Diabetes

    When you have type 2 diabetes, everyday illnesses or infection can affect your blood glucose levels.
  • Medications for type 2

    Many people with type 2 diabetes need medications to help manage their blood glucose levels.
  • Physical Activity

    Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health and help manage your diabetes.
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

    Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)  a leading cause of fertility problems and it can also be a risk factor for pre-diabetes, gestational diabetes and type 2 diabetes.
  • Pregnancy And Diabetes

    For women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, the best preparation for a healthy pregnancy starts with getting the right information and advice before you fall pregnant.
  • Sexual Health And Diabetes

    A healthy sexual relationship is important for both men and women.
  • Steroid Medications And Diabetes

    Some people with diabetes may need to take steroid medications to help manage other conditions, such as asthma, arthritis and dermatitis.
  • Surgery And Hospital Stays

    When you have diabetes, having surgery or a medical procedure requires you to do some planning and take more care than usual.
  • Travel

    Whether you are travelling by plane, train, boat or motor vehicle, within Australia or overseas, plan early to make sure you have everything ready before you go.
  • Understanding Food Labels

    Labels on packaged foods provide information that can help you make healthier food choices.
  • Understanding Gestational Diabetes

    About  12–14% of pregnant women will develop gestational diabetes, usually around the 24th to 28th week of pregnancy.
  • Understanding Pre-diabetes

    Pre-diabetes is a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.
  • Understanding Type 1 Diabetes

    The exact cause of type 1 diabetes is unknown. We do know that some people carry genes that make them more likely to develop type 1 diabetes.
  • Understanding Type 2 Diabetes

    Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. It affects 85–90% of all people living with diabetes.
  • Your Diabetes Annual Cycle Of Care

    The diabetes annual cycle of care is a checklist for reviewing your diabetes management and general health.
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