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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Digging our graves with our teeth: the diabetes epidemic

Leading diabetes researchers say that more than half the cases of type 2 diabetes could be avoided through intensive, sustained changes in diet and exercise.

In Australia, close to one million people have been diagnosed with diabetes, but more than 2 million people are at high risk of developing the condition. This figure is worse among Indigenous Australians with the prevalence in some communities being up to 50%, and the age of onset being as low as 11 years old.

Professor Alex Brown of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute has described the condition of type 2 diabetes among Indigenous Australians as an 'epidemic'.

Source: ABC RN First Bite

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Last updated: 3 December 2013
 
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