Understanding Diabetes

People tend to underestimate their personal risk with two out of three people older than 55 years or younger than 24 years stating that they are not at risk.

Did you know that recent surveys showed that three out of four Australians underestimate the diabetes epidemic?

New research by Diabetes Australia shows people generally underestimate the prevalence of diabetes and over 60% of people don’t link diabetes to its major complications including heart attacks, stroke, anxiety and depression.

According to Diabetes Australia, most Australians are at risk and you don’t have to be old, you don’t have to be overweight to develop diabetes.

The findings of the survey show that almost two in three respondents correctly identified blindness (64%), kidney damage (64%) and amputation (62%) as possible complications of diabetes. Only 40% were able to identify heart disease and 34% identify stroke which are also major complications of diabetes.

The fact that diabetes is associated with depression, anxiety and dementia was correctly identified by only a minority of respondents (36%, 25% and 7% respectively).

Around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes. This includes all types of diagnosed diabetes (1.2 million known and registered), as well as ’silent’, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes (up to 500,000 estimated).

More than 100,000 Australians have developed diabetes in the past year alone. If you would like to know more, got to www.diabetesaustralia.com.au, or call into your local YouSave Chemist and speak to your pharmacist.

Reference: www.diabetesaustralia.com.au