Drop in glucose levels product of improved care

The Fremantle Diabetes Study, which compared glycaemic indices and management in 1296 patients with type 2 diabetes recruited from 1993–96 and 1509 patients from 2008–11, found that the HbA1c level fell from an average of 7.2% to 6.8%.

In addition LDL levels fell from 3.3 to 2.3mmol/L, providing further evidence that the ‘tide was turning’ against type 2 diabetes, which now affects nearly one million Australians.

However, although life expectancy rose from 64 to 65.4 years, BMI rose from an average 29.6 (overweight) to 31.3 (obese).