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.