Injecting diabetes, a new diabetes clinic is opening on the coast.
Injecting diabetes, a new diabetes clinic is opening on the coast. Anthony Reginato

One third of our young still in the dark on diabetes

YOUNG Queenslanders don't know enough about the risks of diabetes, with nearly one in three younger than 45 in the dark on the disease, a new survey has revealed.

The Roy Morgan research, completed for Diabetes Queensland, found 32% of Queenslanders younger than 45 felt they knew very little about how diabetes could impact their family.

That was despite one in three under the age of 33 likely to experience type 2 diabetes - or 3.1 million people around the country.

Diabetes Queensland chief executive Michelle Trute said young adults and children could face a lifetime of managing the disease, which could cause everything from blindness to foot amputations.

"And those who don't develop the disease aren't out of the firing line - they face a lifetime of caring for family and friends who do develop type 2 diabetes," she said.

"Whether it is blindness or limb amputation, the complications of diabetes are costly, traumatic and can drastically alter a person's life."

The lack of knowledge about how type 2 diabetes was caused meant young people were not addressing key issues like eating well and getting enough physical activity.

Ms Trute said there was "no time like the present" to get active for 30 minutes a day and ensure two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables were on the menu.