Beat Diabetes on World Health Day – 7 April 2016

Content and Image Source: Diabetes Australia

This year, World Health Day, is dedicated to raising awareness about diabetes.

Around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes, and more than 100,000 Australians have developed diabetes in the past year alone!

  • For every person diagnosed with diabetes there is usually a family member or carer who also ‘lives with diabetes’ every day in a support role. This means that an estimated 2.4 million Australians are affected by diabetes every day.
  • The total annual cost impact of diabetes in Australia is estimated at $14.6 billion.
  • Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia; increasing at a faster rate than other chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. All types of diabetes are increasing in prevalence.
  • Diabetes is not one condition - there are three main types of diabetes: type 1type 2 and gestational diabetes.
  • Type 2 diabetes accounts for 85% of all diabetes.

Diabetes is on the increase 

All types of diabetes are increasing in prevalence:

  • Type 1 diabetes accounts for 10% of all diabetes and is increasing
  • Type 2 diabetes accounts for 85% of all diabetes and is increasing
  • Gestational diabetes in pregnancy is increasing

Type 2 diabetes is increasing at the fastest rate. There are large numbers of people with silent, undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes which may be damaging their bodies. An estimated 2 million Australians are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and are already showing early signs of the condition.

Type 2 diabetes is one of the major consequences of the obesity epidemic. The combination of massive changes to diet and the food supply, combined with massive changes to physical activity with more sedentary work and less activity, means most populations are seeing more Type 2 diabetes.

Genes also play a part with higher risk of Type 2 diabetes in Chinese, South Asian, Indian, Pacific Islander and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations.

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