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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.