FOUR years ago when Sheetal Abbas was in hospital with heart failure, her doctors delivered her the news that nearly 300,000 Australians receive every day.
The 29-year-old was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes — a condition she didn't know much about.
"My [blood] sugar was very high and I wasn't controlling it at all," she said.
"I had no idea what diabetes was; I just thought that if I went on a diet and exercised regularly, it will go away.
"But it [didn't] so I began coming to Chemistworks Wetherill Park where I quickly learnt about it and began taking my medications properly."
Ms Abbas, who is currently taking insulin and two tablets every day to treat her diabetes, said she also had to follow a strict diet to keep her condition under control.
"The pharmacists taught me how to take care of my sugar levels and how to check it every day," she said.
"I also have to eat lots of greens and take care of my eyes and feet."
Type 2 diabetes is when the pancreas creates some insulin but it is not produced in the amount the body needs and it does not work effectively.
While there is a strong genetic predisposition, the risk is greatly increased when associated with lifestyle factors such as high blood pressure, overweight or obesity, insufficient physical activity and poor diet.
Ms Abbas said while she was living an unhealthy lifestyle when she was diagnosed with the condition, her grandmother also had diabetes.
"My grandmother never took care of her diabetes and her feet used to get very numb," she said.
"She developed holes in her feet before her organs started to fail and in the end, she died from heart failure."
Ms Abbas said it was vital people knew the symptoms of diabetes and had regular checks.
"It's very important to know if you have it so that you can keep it under control," she said.