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Nearly 80 per cent of Australians don't think they are at risk of developing diabetes despite evidence that over 2 million have pre-diabetes and are at high risk, and many more are at medium risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
CEO of Diabetes Australia, Professor Greg Johnson said the disconnect between public perception of risk and reality is a major concern. He said ‘All types of diabetes show worrying increases in prevalence.' Professor Johnson said 280 Australians develop diabetes every day and nearly 100,000 Australians developed diabetes in the past year.
To coincide with National Diabetes Week 14-20 July, Diabetes Australia is launching a new campaign urging all Australians and governments to act.
The Face of Diabetes - the theme of the new campaign aims to raise awareness of all types of diabetes, the continuing rise of the epidemic, and the very significant financial implications of the diabetes epidemic and need for the Australian Government to urgently develop and implement a new National Diabetes Strategy.
Source: Diabetes Victoria