Navigation Links
Diabetes hits 275 Australians each day as pandemic spreads

A new national health study funded by the NH&MRC, industry and state governments released today by the International Diabetes Institute in Melbourne shows diabetes is hitting up to 275 new victims each day throughout Australia.

The findings of the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study (AusDiab) were presented today to the Federal Minister for Health and Ageing, Mr Tony Abbott and provide the first definitive, clear picture of the rising tide of diabetes, obesity, hypertension (increased blood pressure) and chronic kidney disease.

The statistics reveal that in Australia each year:

  • Approximately 100,000 adults develop diabetes (275 people daily)
  • More than 200,000 people progress from being overweight to being obese (nearly 600 people daily)
  • 400,000 adults develop hypertension, and
  • 270,000 adults develop chronic kidney disease.

The Australia-wide study was conducted by the International Diabetes Institute over the last 15 months and is the first to have measured how many new cases of these diseases occur in Australia annually.

The results are drawn from a follow-up investigation of more than 6,000 adults whose health was first assessed five years ago during the Institute's landmark AusDiab Study. IDI researchers established a world-first by identifying a national representative sample of Australia's adult population and carrying out individual blood tests for diabetes.

The Director of the International Diabetes Institute, Professor Paul Zimmet, said the research findings sent a "Red Alert" to ordinary Australians and to those charged with responsibility for public health.

"With 275 new cases of diabetes and 600 cases of obesity occurring each day, we now have compelling proof that Australia's diabetes epidemic is in full flight." Professor Zimmet said.

In addition to measuring the development of new cases, the follow-up study showed that during the last 5 ye ars:

  • People's waistlines increased on average by 2.1 cm and their weight by 1.4 kg
  • People with prediabetes* were 15 times more likely to develop diabetes than those with normal blood sugar levels
  • Obese people were 4 times more likely to develop diabetes than those with normal weight
  • People with high blood pressure were 3 times more likely to develop diabetes than those who had normal blood pressure, and
  • People who are physically inactive had twice the risk of developing diabetes than those who were active.

Professor Zimmet said, "There is no doubt that diabetes and its associated problems of heart disease, strokes, amputations and kidney failure will have a profound impact on Australia's future health budgets.

"What we have done is to quantify the risks. We now have hard data which give our Federal and State governments the first tangible indication of the size of the problem which will burden current and future generations. These data will be instrumental in establishing priorities and calculating future budgetary needs.

"The diabetes epidemic is being driven by lifestyle factors, particularly the dramatic increase in obesity, poor diet and physical inactivity ?and is already costing taxpayers over $3 billion annually. That figure will increase exponentially over time," he said.

The Institute's Deputy Director, Associate Professor Jonathan Shaw, said the latest research had given Australia more accurate information on diabetes and its consequences than that possessed by almost any other nation.

"It also gives every Australian a clear indication of the increased risk they face of developing diabetes and its appalling complications if they do not make lifestyle changes," he said.

The first stage of the AusDiab study - which was conducted in 1999/2000 and involved more than 11,000 people - provided a 'snapshot' of the nation's health. It showed that one million people h ad diabetes, another two million had prediabetes and more than 60% of adults were either overweight or obese.


Source:Research Australia

Related biology news :

1. FDA Approves New Drug to Treat Type I and Type II Diabetes
2. First North American Encapsulated Islet Transplant without Long-term Immune Suppression into a Patient with Type 1 Diabetes
3. Single-donor Islet Transplantation Procedure Shows Promise For Patients With Type 1 Diabetes
4. Precise Timing Enabled Pig-to-rat Transplants To Cure Diabetes
5. Diabetes researchers pioneer islet cell xenotransplantation in primate studies
6. Diabetes research takes wing thanks to long-lived fruit fly
7. Diabetes slows nerve recovery after heart transplant
8. Community MRSA is re-emergence of 1950s pandemic, study suggests
9. Preventing a pandemic: Study suggests strategies for containing a flu outbreak
10. New U. of Colorado at Boulder flu chip may help combat future epidemics, pandemics
11. Study outlines genetic differences between potential pandemic influenza strains
Post Your Comments:

(Date:10/6/2015)... 6, 2015  Maverix Biomics, Inc., a leading ... its software portfolio with the debut of its ... expression in eukaryotes. The software is integrated into ... genomic analysis solution that leverages proven open-source algorithms ... sequencing efforts. Garry Nolan,s laboratory ...
(Date:9/30/2015)... , Sept. 30, 2015  With nearly 300,000 ... number of new SCIs estimated to reach 12,500 annually, ... Southern California Resource Services for Independent Living (SCRS-IL) ... in California opening doors to ... of programs and services, notably assistive technology services and ...
(Date:9/29/2015)... , Sept. 29, 2015  iDAvatars is excited to be ... its product to market. The official announcement was recently made ... event in San Francisco , where ... powered by IBM Watson. "It is both an ... 100 companies to bring to market the cognitive power of ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... ... Clinovo recently appointed Jeff Parr and Ed Donaldson to its Business Development Management ... Jeff Parr has spent the past decade providing quality management software and consulting services ... Sciex to name a few. He is based in Salt Lake City, a ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... October 13, 2015 , ... ... technologies, announced today that it received de novo clearance from the U.S. Food ... for the ablation of prostate tissue. Sonablate® is the first High Intensity Therapeutic ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... October 13, 2015 , ... Proove Biosciences, ... announce their partnership with the Keck Medicine of the University of Southern ... The T.R.O.J.A.N. Study (Therapeutic Evaluation to Research Clinical Objectives Linking Genotypic and Phenotypic ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... Jersey (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2015 , ... ... enhance the educational opportunities for school age children in the areas of Science, ... for all sectors of the national economy, and the program aims to increase ...
Breaking Biology Technology: