It’s currently National Diabetes Week and here’s some facts about diabetes…

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).

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.

Diabetes is the leading cause of preventable blindness in Australia.

Every year there are more than 27,600 hospital admissions in Australia for diabetes-related foot ulcers in Australia – many of these end with people having a limb, or part of a limb, amputated.
 

People with diabetes are between two and four times more likely to develop heart disease. 

The total annual cost impact of diabetes in Australia is estimated at $14.6 billion