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Diabetes Hits 275 Australians Each Day As Pandemic Spreads. This information courtesy of Anti-Aging Drugs

A 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. These findings provide the first definitive, clear picture of the rising tide of diabetes, obesity, hypertension (increased blood pressure) and chronic kidney disease.

According to this health study, here are some alarming annual statistics:
Over 200 people in Australia develop diabetes EVERY DAY.(100,000 per year)

Almost 600 Australians go from simply being overweight to being categorized as obese EVERY DAY.

>Over 1,000 adults in Australia develop hypertension EVERY DAY (400,000 a year)

270,000 adults develop chronic kidney disease per year.

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. "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.

Follow Up Study:In addition to measuring the development of new cases, the follow-up study showed that during the last 5 years:

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 the condition than those with normal blood sugar levels

> Obese people were 4 times more likely to develop the condition 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.

> 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. 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 had diabetes, another two million had prediabetes and more than 60% of adults were either overweight or obese. Prediabetes, also known as impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) or impaired fasting glucose (IFG), occurs when the blood glucose level is higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes.

Health Care Disclaimer: Medical statistics, on diabetes or any other health challenge, change by the second. The information posted here was accurate as of time of posting but may since have changed. The wholistic health informaton posted here should not be construed as replacement for personal medical advice from your health care professional.