Diabetes ignorance high among Australians

And, according to Medibank, 97% of the population do not even know the major symptoms of diabetes even though it has been labelled the country’s fastest growing disease.

The figures came as health bodies marked National Diabetes Week by calling for greater government support for the chronic disease.

Diabetes Australia CEO Professor Greg Johnson said the “disconnect between public perception of risk and reality is a major concern”, with 280 Australians developing diabetes every day – equating to 100,000 per year.

“All types of diabetes – type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes – show worrying increases in prevalence,” he said.

“All types of diabetes are serious and can lead to serious complications. Heart attacks and strokes kill people with diabetes early and are four times more likely in people with diabetes.”

Current trends showed diabetes would be Australia’s