Type 2 Diabetes

Two million Australians have pre-diabetes which if left untreated may develop into type 2 diabetes within 5 to 10 years

Quick Facts

  • 280 Australians develop diabetes every day (updated 15/10/12)
  • Diabetes is Australia’s fastest growing chronic disease
  • Nearly 1,000,000 Australians are currently diagnosed with diabetes.
  • For every person diagnosed, it is estimated that there is another who is not yet diagnosed; a total of about 1.7 million people
  • The total number of Australians with diabetes and pre-diabetes is estimated at 3.2 million
  • As the 6 leading cause of death in Australia, it is critical we take action
  • Up to 60% of cases of Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented.
  • Costs the economy more than $3 billion per year.
  • By 2031 it is estimated that 3.3 million Australians will have Type 2 Diabetes.

Risk factors you cannot change

  • Age
  • Family history
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Risk factors you can change

  • Maintaining healthy weight
  • Making lifestyle changes by following a healthy eating plan and
  • doing regular physical activity and having regular health checks.

How can Exercise Physiology help?

  • Increasing physical activity can reduce the incidence of T2DM by almost 60% in people at risk.
  • People who already have T2DM can increase their fitness levels (and improve their symptoms) by about 12% through exercise training.