13-20 July 2019 is National Diabetes Week in Australia. Diabetes Australia is the national body for people affected by diabetes and aims to increase awareness of the dangers of diabetes and to raise funds for research into treatments and the search for a cure. Up to two million Australians are at high risk of type 2 diabetes which can be prevented or delayed in up to 58% of cases through early detection and/or lifestyle modification.
Diabetes in Australia – The statistics
- 280 Australians develop diabetes every day. That’s one person every five minutes
- Around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes. This includes all types of diagnosed diabetes (1.2 million known and registered) as well as silent, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes (up to 500,000 estimated) (Source)
- More than 100,000 Australians have developed diabetes in the past year
- 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 2.4 million Australians are affected by diabetes every day
- Total annual cost impact of diabetes in Australia estimated at $14.6 billion (Source)
Diabetes is a particularly serious condition in that it can lead to other health complications including:
- Heart Disease
There is some good news in the fight against type 2 diabetes – you can help prevent and lessen the severity of the condition with lifestyle changes. People at risk of type 2 diabetes can delay or prevent the condition by:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Regular physical activity
- Making healthy food choices
- Managing blood pressure
- Managing cholesterol levels
- Not smoking
How can your GP Help?
To manage diabetes and other chronic diseases it is very important to work closely with your GP. All MAACG Medical clinics have a team of supportive Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Nurses in attendance at least two days a week to assist in patient education. Our CDM teams are there to assist our Doctors to help you achieve your optimum patient care. Why not make an appointment now to discuss with your GP if you qualify for a Bulk Billed CDM plan? Your eligibility can be assessed in a standard appointment with your Doctor who can then engage you with our CDM Nursing team. Book your appointment with your GP via your MAACG clinic website or download the MAACG App (download links are below) to find your nearest clinic.
You can check your Diabetes risk factors with this risk calculator provided by Diabetes Australia https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/risk-calculator.