by Mark Berriman
One in four Australians has or is at risk of diabetes. The rate has
doubled in the past 20 years and costs the public health system $1.2
billion annually. 80% of all diabetes can be prevented or delayed. The
risk of developing diabetes rises continuously with increasing obesity.
In Australia 67% of males and 52% of females are overweight or obese.
Childhood obesity has trebled in the past 10 years
with 20% of boys and 22% of girls are overweight or obese. Diabetes
is the second most common cause for commencing renal dialysis, the most
common cause of blindness in people under 60, the most common cause
of non-traumatic lower limb amputation and one of the most common chronic
diseases in children.
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