Australian diabetes rates rising, yet diabetes related deaths declining, research shows
A report released on 1 February, 2012 by the Australian Insitute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), has stated that although diabetes has increased significantly in Australia over the past 20 years, the rate of diabetes-related deaths is falling.
The new web-based report, “Diabetes indicators in Australia”, shows the prevalence of diabetes in the Australian population increased from 1.5 percent to 4.1 percent over the 20 years to 2007-2008.
AIHW spokesperson Lisa McGlynn said, “While increasing numbers of Australians are developing the disease, there is some good news in relation to diabetes complications”.
Diabetes-related deaths dropped by 18 percent between 1997 and 2007 and hospitalisations for lower limb amputations among people with diabetes fell between 2001 and 2007–2008, from 4.8 percent to 4.1 percent per 1,000 people with diabetes.
In 2007–2008, 61 percent of Australian adults were overweight or obese, compared to 57 percent in 1995.
The rate of Australian adults who did not get enough exercise has increased from 69 percent to 72 percent between 2001, and 2007–2008.
And, in 2007–2008, more than 90 percent of Australian adults did not eat enough vegetables and 50 percent did not eat enough fruit.
Mrs McGlynn has stated that this result could be due to “a better management of diabetes”. However, the “increasing number of Australians with diabetes is still a cause for concern”.
Mrs McGlynn said, “Managing the risk of getting diabetes can be, among other things, maintaining a healthy weight, getting enough exercise and eating the right amounts of fruit and vegetables”.
Australian beef prices are expected to continue remaining strong says a new Robobank report.
Key players within the Australian dairy industry have agreed to a new voluntary code of conduct.
Wesfarmers’ Target has received heavy criticism in the wake of Cyclone Debbie in Queensland over an ...
A new food franchising group based in Brisbane is set for rapid Australian expansion in 2017.
Australian goat milk infant formula company Bubs has announced its formula will be stocked in Woolwo...
Bega has decided to ditch Vegemite’s creative agency JWT after 74 years of the agency working with t...
A variety of canola containing omega-3 has been approved for human consumption and use in animal fee...
THE seafood industry wants country of origin labelling protections extended to menus in foodservice ...