Analee Gale

About Analee Gale

Analee Gale is the Food & Health Editor of TBS. Previous to that, she was a freelance writer and editor who has spent so many decades writing about being food and fitness that she sometimes forgets to actually be fit (though she never ever forgets to eat food - hangry is a thing, you know!). Analee made a tree-change from the northern beaches of Sydney, so she now taps out tales from her base in a tiny coastal town in East Gippsland, Victoria.

Diabetes fast becoming Victoria’s number one health issue

Above all others, Diabetes is quickly becoming the issue harming most Victorians, with doctors particularly concerned about undiagnosed cases. 

 

 

Hey Victorians, here’s a heads-up on your health: diabetes is fast becoming your state’s most prevalent health issue.

In the past 12 months alone, almost 10,000 new cases have been diagnosed, which means there are now more than 323,300 Victorians registered on the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS). Diabetes Victoria is the peak consumer body, and estimates that an additional 125,000 Victorians actually live with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.

“Undiagnosed type 2 diabetes is a major problem,” explains Diabetes Victoria CEO Craig Bennett. “We estimate that around 125,000 people in Victoria do not know that they have type 2 diabetes. If left untreated, blood glucose levels can continue to rise and damage your body over time. Many people do not have any symptoms in the beginning. They might feel there is nothing wrong, until they develop one of the many diabetes-related health complications like heart disease, blindness, loss of a limb, or kidney damage. This is why type 2 diabetes is often called the silent killer.”

Recent NDSS data suggests that 87% of those on the NDSS register live with type 2 diabetes, while type 1 diabetes accounts for 9% of all Victorian diabetes registrations. The NDSS data also reveals that over 66% of people living with type 2 diabetes are aged over 60 years.

 

NDDS data summary for Victoria Type 1 diabetes Type 2 diabetes Gestational diabetes Other Total
31 Dec 16 29,033 272,942 9697 1919 313,591
31 Dec 17 29,163 282,323 9670 2156 323,312

 

Like most health conditions, early detection of diabetes is important, so if you think you may be at risk (or even if you don’t) click here to undertake an online health check.

 

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