PREVENT type 2 diabetes and AVOID kidney damage

People with diabetes are three times more likely to develop kidney damage

Diabetes and kidney damage is the focus of this year’s National Diabetes Week campaign.

If you have diabetes you may develop complications including kidney damage, heart disease or stroke, and in some cases blindness or limb amputation.

Key facts about diabetes and kidney damage

  • Kidneys are important to your health and quality of life. They filter and excrete waste products, help regulate blood pressure, help keep your bones strong and stimulate the production of red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body
  • People with diabetes are three times more likely to develop kidney damage
  • 16% (1 in 7) of adults over 25 years have at least one sign of kidney damage
  • Kidney damage increases the risk of end-stage renal disease, cardiovascular disease and death
  • New dialysis patients with type 2 diabetes has doubled in the past eight years
  • The type 2 diabetes epidemic will lead to a further increase in the number of people with kidney failure.


Read more about diabetes and kidney damage.

All Victorians are encouraged to

  1. Call 1300 136 588 for more information on type 2 diabetes prevention
  2. Assess your risk of type 2 diabetes. Call 13 RISK (13 7475) or take the online diabetes risk test
  3. Visit your GP to discuss your risk of type 2 diabetes
  4. If you are at risk of type 2 diabetes, join a Life! course or use the telephone health coaching service.


Download resources

The following resources for the PREVENT diabetes and AVOID kidney damage campaign are available to download:

Public resources


Media resources


Find out about National Diabetes Week community events in your area.

For more information about kidney disease please visit Kidney Health Australia.