Diabetes is a complex condition, which can affect the entire body.
Understanding diabetes is important even if you don’t have it. You most likely know someone who has diabetes; maybe a family member or a friend. This is because diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in Australia and globally.
Community awareness of the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes is still surprisingly limited.
As a community we need to foster a culture of shared understanding of what diabetes is and be part of the solution that turns the diabetes epidemic around.
Facts about Diabetes
280 Australians develop diabetes every day Over 100,000 Australians have developed diabetes in the past year. Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia Almost 1.1 million Australians currently have diagnosed diabetes. This includes:
120,000 people with type 1 diabetes 956,000 people with type 2 diabetes 23,600 women with gestational diabetes
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 2.2 million Australians are affected by diabetes every day.
The total number of Australians with diabetes and pre-diabetes is estimated at 3.2 million Indigenous Australians are 3 times more likely to have type 2 diabetes compared with non-Indigenous Australians.
At least 2 million Australians have pre-diabetes and are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Up to 58% of cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented in the high risk (pre-diabetes) population.
Understanding diabetes with First Aid Brisbane