Diabetes : State of the Nation

To mark World Diabetes Day (14 November) Diabetes Australia released a new State of the Nation report documenting policy and funding action by both the federal and state/territory Governments.

Diabetes Australia CEO A/Professor Greg Johnson said it was important to assess Australia's progress in responding to the challenges of the diabetes epidemic.

The new report also updates the growth and impact of the diabetes epidemic in the past year, noting that:

• 100,105 Australians were diagnosed with diabetes in the past year

• 1,211,251 Australians are currently living with diabetes

• Around one third of all these people will develop diabetic retinopathy and damage to their eyes

• 36,198 women diagnosed with gestational diabetes in the past year

• 383,439 Australians with diabetes needed insulin injections every day (or insulin pump therapy).

• an estimated 250,000 to 500,000 have undiagnosed, silent type 2 diabetes

• an estimated 2 million Australians have prediabetes and are therefore at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes

• 4,400 diabetes related amputations of toes, feet or limbs have been performed

• 3,500 people with diabetes needed kidney dialysis

• 840,000 hospitalisations related to diabetes

Press release

Diabetes: state of the nation Report

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