Diabetes Australia says that around 280 Australians are estimated to develop diabetes every day – that amounts to about 102,200 people affected each year.
Diabetes is Australia's fastest growing chronic disease, with World Diabetes Day on November 14 aiming to raise awareness of the condition and educate people in preventing the disease.
The International Diabetes Foundation is encouraging people to wear blue throughout November and organise a physical activity such as cycling, hula hooping or dancing to get their family and friends moving to mark the campaign.
The theme for World Diabetes Day for the 2009 – 2013 campaign is diabetes education and prevention, centred on providing people with information on what the disease is and how people can go about reducing their risk factor.
This year's slogan is Protect Our Future, with a 'special focus' on children and young people hoping to educate these groups about the risk factors for diabetes, and how the chronic disease can be prevented in many cases by physical activity and healthy eating.
The Department of Health and Ageing has provided a diabetes risk assessment tool that can help you to calculate your risk of type 2 diabetes in the next five years.
If you or a family member has diabetes, look into getting private health cover to help ensure you get the appropriate care and treatment.
You can get set up with family health insurance so that your loved ones can also have their medical needs looked after.