Australia spends an estimated $14. 6 billion on diabetes every year. This staggering number can be considerably reduced if preventive measures and early detection practices in hospitals are in place. A new report has some very fresh finds and a few petrifying disclosures saying many in the country may be living with diabetes, under estimating the effects of the commonly found endemic.
Diabetes Australia chief executive Greg Johnson was equally shocked with the findings that says more than 500, 000 people across age groups and regions could be living with type 2 diabetes without knowing it and the perils it veils. This requires an immediate “wake up call” for early testing and preventions. Diabetes can result into a multitude of fatal issues like strokes, organ failure, heart attacks and amputations.
Doctors at Austin Hospital, Melbourne, have started a program to reduce the disease by testing patients for it even if they come in for other health issues. The hospital reportedly has an influx of patients, with an estimated 34% diagnosed as diabetic.
The disease which has been popularly known to be connected with lifestyle choices is found is being increasingly found in people who have a relatively healthy lifestyle and fear no health threats generally. Another important finding of the study is, it has been detected in younger people, again living a healthy lifestyle with exercise and balanced diets.
The study also states that Aboriginal Australians are more likely to develop diabetes than non-Indigenous Australians. The number of people living with diabetes and also with an apparently blasé attitude towards it is growing every year. Type 2, linked with obesity constitutes 85% of all reported diabetes cases.
“It’s about time we firstly recognized just how serious the diabetes epidemic is and [how it is] overwhelming our hospitals and health services. And secondly, it’s about time we did more to actually detect this problem earlier”, said Greg Johnson.
Dr. Elif Ekinci, Director of Diabetes at Austin Health, who along with her colleagues established the Diabetes Discovery Initiative, which led the research and saw patients admitted to the hospital automatically tested, said, “”If you get diabetes at a younger age you’re living with this condition for longer periods of time, so that there is a high risk of developing the complications.”