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Diabetes: Do you know the facts?

Diabetes: Do you know the facts?
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Diabetes is Australia's fastest growing chronic disease and the sixth leading cause of death, yet over 60% of cases of type 2 diabetes are preventable. By 2031 it is estimated that 3.3 million Australians will have type 2 diabetes. In the face of this pandemic there is a growing need to understand the financial and societal costs of diabetes and to raise awareness of the seriousness of the disease.

World Diabetes Day is November 14th, visit http://www.idf.org/worlddiabetesday/ for more information or share this post with friends and family and help spread awareness for diabetes.

Fast Facts

  • 347 million people in the world have diabetes, 90% of those have type 2 diabetes which is usually preventable. - Tweet this
  • A person with diabetes is at least twice as likely to die at any given time as their peers without diabetes - Tweet this
  • 280 Australians develop diabetes every day - Tweet this
  • It's estimated up to 1.7 million Australians have type 2 diabetes but up to half of these are undiagnosed - Tweet this
  • By 2031, it's estimated 3.3 million Australians will have type 2 diabetes - Tweet this
  • Smokers are twice as likely to become diabetic as non-smokers - Tweet this

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