March 21, 2012
Increase in diabetes predicted for younger generation
A national diabetes assessment report predicts a continuing rise in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in Australia with one in three Gen Y's being affected by the disease during their lifetime. The report calls for more strategies and funding to be put in place to curtail and combat the disease.
The report was compiled by the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in collaboration with Diabetes Australia , the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Novo Nordisk. It found that:-
- By 2025 the incidence of diabetes will triple affecting over 3 million people, placing a burden on their lives and the health system with its associated medical complications and costs
- Type 1 diabetes is increasing, particularly in very young children 0-4 years of age. Australia ranks 7th in the world for the prevalence of Type 1 diabetes.
The United Nations along with the European Union has called for countries to put in place preventative measures to combat the growth of the disease.
Unlike Type 1 diabetes which is an auto-immune disease affecting children 0-14 years, Type 2 diabetes is largely a preventable disease which can be prevented by following a healthy diet and lifestyle and mainintaining a healthy weight. Preventative measures against Type 2 diabetes should be started from birth with the establishment of lifelong healthy eating and physical activiy patterns which should carry through throughout life. Paediatric health workers have an important role to play in helping to establish these healthy practices.
Diabetes: the silent pandemic and its impact on Australia. Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. 2012
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