Diabetes Australia

Diabetes in Australia

Diabetes is on the rise in Australia, and globally, and specialists around the world are working hard to find a cure. The cost of diabetes just in Australia is $14 billion per year....we desperately need a cure.

Today we share this infographic with you.

The impact of diabetes in Australia

Here are some key diabetes statistics from 2017:

  1. Prevalence of Diabetes:

    • Approximately 1.7 million Australians had been diagnosed with diabetes in 2017.
    • This included both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
  2. Type 2 Diabetes:

    • Type 2 diabetes accounted for the majority of diagnosed cases.
    • The prevalence of type 2 diabetes was increasing, partly due to factors like obesity and an aging population.
  3. Type 1 Diabetes:

    • Type 1 diabetes, although less common than type 2, still had a significant impact on the population.
    • It usually affects younger individuals and requires insulin therapy for management.
  4. Gestational Diabetes:

    • Gestational diabetes, a form of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy, also contributed to the diabetes burden.
    • It required monitoring and management to ensure the health of both the mother and the baby.
  5. Complications and Health Impact:

    • Diabetes-related complications, such as cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, eye problems, and nerve damage, posed significant health risks to individuals with diabetes.
    • These complications were associated with increased healthcare costs and reduced quality of life.
  6. Risk Factors:

    • Risk factors for diabetes included obesity, sedentary lifestyle, poor diet, family history of diabetes, and certain ethnic backgrounds.
  7. Awareness and Prevention:

    • Diabetes organizations and public health campaigns worked to raise awareness about diabetes prevention and management.
    • Lifestyle interventions, including healthy eating and regular physical activity, were highlighted as essential in preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes.
  8. Healthcare System Impact:

    • Diabetes placed a substantial burden on the healthcare system, including hospital admissions, medical appointments, and medication costs.

Please keep in mind that these statistics are based on data available up to 2017. For the most current and accurate information on diabetes statistics in Australia, I recommend checking official sources such as the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), Diabetes Australia, or relevant government health agencies.

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