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The Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute has released the results of a 12 year, 11,000 participant study on the health status of Australian adults.
The AusDiab study found that despite the serious health risks associated with diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure, Australians are failing to make the necessary lifestyle changes to address these conditions.
Key findings of the study include a 40% increased mortality for those with type 2 diabetes; large disparities in health outcomes for those who are socially disadvantaged; a trend for significant weight gain in the 25 to 34 years age bracket; and a significant link between depression and obesity.
Abstract adapted from Diabetes Queensland