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Diabetes is a national health priority.
The Australian National Diabetes Strategy 2016– 2020 was released by the Australian Government in November 2013.
The number of people with type 2 diabetes is growing, most likely the result of rising overweight and obesity rates, lifestyle and dietary changes and an ageing population.
Within 20 years, the number of people in Australia with type 2 diabetes may increase from an estimated 870,000 in 2014, to more than 2.5 million. The most socially disadvantaged Australians are twice as likely to develop diabetes.
If left undiagnosed or poorly managed, type 2 diabetes can lead to coronary artery disease (CAD), stroke, kidney failure, limb amputations and blindness.
The early identification and optimal management of people with type 2 diabetes is therefore critical.
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Shaw J, Tanamas S, editors. Diabetes: the silent pandemic and its impact on Australia. Melbourne: Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, 2012.
Type 2 diabetes: Goals for optimum management (PDF2MB)
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