IT IS a condition that affects millions of Australians and the worst part is, some people don't even know it.

Diabetes.

This is a disease which has emerged as one of the most indicative measures of the direction our national lifestyle has taken.

For a great number of people, it is hereditary.

And as such, there is almost a sense of fait accompli about it.

It can creep up on you and while manageable, it is still terribly debilitating in the worst of cases.

In fact in some cases it can be fatal.

Diabetes week is a chance for those who have devoted their lives and expertise to researching, fighting and raising awareness about diabetes to be heard.

It is also a timely reminder to book yourself in for a check-up.

The package we have in today's edition of The Observer is a handy guide to symptoms.

It also gives you an insight into what the condition is all about and will also help you identify whether you are at risk.

During the course of this week, we will also be bringing you stacks of information about diabetes week, what's planned for the Gladstone region and point you in the right direction for help and advice.

In this day and age we have a world of information at our fingertips. That can be as much a curse as a blessing and there can be a sense of overwhelming confusion.

Certainly read up and make yourself savvy, but if you think you might be at risk see your doctor.

It's that simple.

Diabetes is manageable and it is a condition that need not prevent you from leading a full and fabulous life.

But, as they always say, knowledge is power.

So, empower yourself.

Get the good oil on your health and be someone who manages rather than suffers from diabetes.



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