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