Current information and campaigns
Type 2 diabetes is Australia’s fastest growing chronic condition with about 275 adults diagnosed every day. But what a lot of people don’t realise is that type 2 diabetes is largely preventable.
For decades, we’ve been told to wear seatbelts and helmets to reduce fatalities on our roads, and while out on the water we are required to wear a lifejacket.
"We need governments to commit to making diabetes prevention a national health priority,” Diabetes Australia Chief Executive Lewis Kaplan said. “Diabetes already costs the Australian Government and Australian taxpayers more than $6 billion per year.”
Diabetes Australia launched its National Diabetes Election Agenda in April 2012.
The prevalence of diabetes in Victoria has increased dramatically over the last 10 years.
In 2001 there was 2% of the Victorian population diagnosed with diabetes but in 2011 this figure has more than doubled to 4.5%. 252,694 people in Victoria are now diagnosed with diabetes and it is estimated that for every one of these there is another person who has the disease but does not know it yet.
A new national report has shown the enormous scale and life-threatening impact diabetes is set to have on Australians in the future.
The report, Diabetes: the silent pandemic and its impact on Australia, highlights the need for urgent action to address the challenge this poses for the nation’s health and economy.