Alarming diabetes rate revealed

The 12-year follow-up, the second in the AusDiab study of 11,000 Australians, found that in line with smokers, people with diabetes have a 40% increased risk of mortality compared to people without diabetes.

The data showed just how much of a burden diabetes places on the healthcare system, with 30% of patients with diabetes seeing their GP three or more times in three months, compared with 16% of people without diabetes.

Around 12% of patients with diabetes spent two or more nights in hospital, compared with 6% of people without diabetes.

However, the proportion of people meeting LDL