In the 2004-05 National Health Survey, 699,600 Australians
(3.5% of the population) reported having diabetes. Based on
the 1999-2000 Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle
study, around one million Australians are estimated to have
diabetes with the number expecting to increase over the
coming decade. Rates of Type 2 diabetes in some Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander communities are among the highest
in the world. In some Indigenous communities as many as one
third of the population may have diabetes.
The risk of developing Type 2 diabetes increases with age.
Nearly 1 in 4 people aged 75 and over have Type 2 diabetes
compared to less than 1 in 1,000 people in their 20s.
However, rates of diabetes are increasing in all age groups.
You can help reduce your risk by maintaining a healthy
weight, doing regular exercise, and eating a balanced diet.
Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
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