Diabetes disaster looms across the Tasman

Analysis of blood tests from a population-based survey conducted in 2008–09 showed 18.6% of adults had prediabetes, defined as an HbA1c result between 5.7% (39mmol/mol) and 6.4% (46mmol/mol).

Overall, 7% of the population aged 15 or older had diabetes, ranging from 6.1% among NZ Europeans to 9.8% among Maori and 15.4% among Pacific peoples.

The study showed an “alarmingly high” prevalence of glucose metabolism disorder in people of