Another 100,000 Australians diagnosed with diabetes

AT least 100,000 Australians have developed diabetes in the past 12 months.

New global statistics on the disease show 280 Aussies are diagnosed with the disease each day.

The disease costs the Australian economy more than $14.6 billion a year.

The Diabetes Atlas shows type 2 diabetes is the nation's most rampant form of the disorder, with one million Australians diagnosed.

More than 120,000 have type 1 and 32,000 women have had gestational diabetes in the past year.

Diabetes Australia believes many more people have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.

Speaking before World Diabetes Day on Saturday NOV14, Diabetes Australia chief executive officer Professor Greg Johnson said diabetes was fast becoming the major threat to human health and productivity.

"Soon, diabetes will overtake heart disease as the leading cause of disease burden in Australia," he said.

- APN NEWSDESK


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