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Early detection of diabetes is paying health dividends

Date posted: 29 August 2012

Australians with type two diabetes are living longer and mange their blood glucose levels better compared to 20 years ago. Head of the Fremantle diabetes study, Professor Tim Davis will today release findings from a 20 year analysis of Australians living with type 2 diabetes.

He said the 'tide was turning' against the insidious disease that now affects nearly one million Australians. The study found that type two diabetes patients treated between 2008 and 2011 had lower average blood glucose levels and fasting serum glucose levels than those treated between 1993 and 1996.  They also had lower levels of bad cholesterol at 2.3mmol/L compared to 3.3mmol/L in the patients treated in the 1990s.

'Medical care is improving, but the implication is that lifestyle factors continue to let patients down.' he said.
'This is the first Australian research to show that blood sugar control is improving in patients with type 2 diabetes.' 'Unfortunately, our data also reveals that the average body mass index for a person with diabetes is now in the obese category.'

Prof Davis said the study results showed the benefits of early diagnosis were paying off. 'Diabetes patients are living longer and this suggests that they are suffering fewer heart attacks and strokes.'

Source: Herald Sun


Last updated: 5 September 2012
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