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Report raises alarm over Torres Strait diabetes

Date posted: 21 November 2013

The new edition of the World Diabetes Atlas by the International Diabetes Federation, has highlighted very high rates of diabetes among the Torres Strait Islander population in Australia.

The report says that on average, one in three Torres Strait Islander people have diabetes, which is one of the highest rates in the world. But the true figures may be higher than this. Robyn McDermott, Professor of Public Health and Medicine at James Cook University, warns that the data used for this report was not recent.

'I just looked at the source of a lot of this data and realised that the figures quoted for the Torres Strait Islanders are in fact over ten years old and what we know about the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in adults in the Torres Strait now is that it's much higher, in fact we know that there's about three new cases per hundred people per year.' Says Professor McDermott.

Source: SBS news


Last updated: 21 November 2013
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