Diabetes Now The Fastest Growing Condition In Australia

Diabetes is a real epidemic of the 21st century, now becoming one of the biggest challenges confronting Australia’s health system.

It is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia – increasing at a faster rate than other diseases such as heart disease and cancer.

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In the following guest piece, Kay Gore explores the impact of diabetes on Australian society, the underlying causes of the condition, preventable health changes that can be made and more.
Becoming more commonplace. Photo: KEL

Around 280 Australians develop diabetes every day, reports Diabetes Australia, and currently, a total of 1.7 million have this condition.

Diabetes has a host of complications that can affect one’s health and wellbeing and potentially shorten lifespans. For instance, it is the leading cause of preventable blindness.

Moreover, over 27,6000 admissions for diabetes-related foot ulcers and thousands of amputations take place because of complications.

What are the risk factors and potential complications of diabetes, and what can be done to prevent and treat this disease?

WHY ARE RATES RISING IN AUSTRALIA?

Rising diabetes rates are a problem not only in Australia, but also across the globe, owing in no small part to ever-higher obesity rates.

The World Health Organisation reports that obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally, with around 2.8 million people dying every year as a result of being overweight or obese.

The causes of obesity include the consumption of diets which are high in refined sugars and processed foods, and low in healthy high-fibre foods.

The sedentary lifestyle is also to blame. A report by Cancer Australia shows that around 30% of the adult population takes part in over five hours of sedentary leisure activity per day.

Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines recommend that adults complete between 150 and 300 minutes of moderate-to-intense physical activity (or 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous physical activity) every week. 

A World Health Organisation study has found, however, that Australia ranks 97th in the world when it comes to getting enough exercise, with almost a third not engaging in as much physical activity as they need to.

RISK FACTORS FOR DIABETES

The risk factors for Type 2 diabetes include having a family history of the condition, being over 55 years of age, and being over 45 and having high blood pressure or being overweight.

People with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island backgrounds have four times the likelihood of developing this condition, owing both to a genetic predisposition and (in some cases) an unhealthy lifestyle.

Diabetes also begins at an earlier age in indigenous people than in other Australian populations, so the risk of developing complications also starts at a younger age.

There is no evidence to suggest indigenous people had diabetes when they lead traditional lifestyles; research shows that their metabolism has been centred on making them excellent hunter-gatherers.

Today, indigenous people are exposed to high-sugar, processed foods and to habits such as smoking and the consumption of alcohol. 

COMPLICATIONS OF DIABETES

The Epsilon Agenda. Photo: MWL

One of the biggest problems with diabetes is the many complications it can bring.

These have a high personal and public cost, with the total annual cost impact of this condition in Australia estimated to be approximately $14.6 billion.

Some of the most threatening complications include blindness, heart disease, kidney disease, and amputations.

Diabetics require care to prevent conditions such as diabetic foot, since diabetic neuropathy (a type of nerve damage) affects nearly 50% of adults with diabetes during their lifetime.

Preventive care includes wearing special socks that are gentle on skin and boost circulation. However, diabetic neuropathy affects various systems and parts of the body – including the legs, urinary tract, sex organs, hips, head and torso, depending on the type of neuropathy experienced.

DIABETES PREVENTION

Preventing diabetes or lowering the rate of Type 2 diabetes is a matter that governments, international partners, non-governmental organisations, the private sector, and society all need to share responsibility for.

The Australian government has committed to a series of global goals for reducing the burden of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes through information and education, encouraging Australians to improve their lifestyles.

More can be done to achieve this aim, suggest J Kaldor and colleagues in an article published in The Medical Journal of Australia.

Measures suggested include limiting children’s access to junk food advertising, strengthening structures for food reformulation, and taxing sugar-sweetened carbonated beverages.

Recent studies have shown that a 20% tax on these beverages would result in an average 12.6% daily decline in their consumption and a reduction in obesity of 2.7% in men and 1.2% in women.

They also show that this simple act could reduce the number of Type 2 diabetes cases by 16,000 over a 25-year period. Individuals should also be responsible for the consumption of healthy diets and for embracing a physically active lifestyle.

Diabetes is proving to be a major health threat in Australia, as it is in many other parts of the world. Factors such as obesity, poor diets, and lack of exercise are all to blame, though genetic factors can also be at play.

Because diabetes can have so many complications, prevention is truly better than cure in this case.

Governments, private enterprise, educational systems, and individuals all need to do their share if this upward trend is to be reversed.


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7 comments on “Diabetes Now The Fastest Growing Condition In Australia”

  1. Unlike the coronahoax, diabetes (and other related “non-communicable diseases”), represents a real pandemic, and you have covered the key risk factors in this article. I have been involved in a soil health/nutrition security program for the previous four years in Kiribati and Tuvalu, which have high NCD rates. We produced a factsheet series on indigenous nutritious leafy food plants that can help reduce diabetes, due to specific anti-diabetes effects as well as their glycaemic index-reducing effect when included in a meal. Drumstick tree, chaya, ofenga, purslane (ubiquitous, and usually regarded as a garden weed), bele and hedge panax are among the best. They also have other useful medicinal effects.

    1. leafy plants???
      Get rid of all the plants, stick with High saturated fat/Red meat, low carb, low polyunsaturated fat and watch the magic happen of reversing diabetes.
      yet we are still told to eat complex carbs and other processed crap. We evolved over millions of years to eat red meat. Its only been the last 5000? years which we have started farming. This is a blink in the eye of how long evolution takes.

  2. “Factors such as obesity, poor diets, and lack of exercise are all to blame…..”
    Free will or nanny state?
    Is this article advocating for our masters intervention?
    This is yet another Hegelian PsyOp.
    Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose anything less is a form of slavery.

    1. People are free to be obese, have poor diets and not exercise as they choose. Diabetes is a likely outcome of those choices. That’s all. Nobody is stopping them, in fact, it has been designed this exact way by the state. The Epsilon Agenda rolls on, yet many won’t take the simple steps to avoid the attack, such as those listed.

  3. I believe we are in agreement and understanding (yes, the Epsilon agenda roles on).
    “As they approach physical maturity, humans are further retarded by, among other things, alcohol and other drugs (including prescription ‘medications’).”

  4. My above question – Is this article advocating for our masters intervention? is directed at your new ‘woke’ readers (question everything). I often wonder how retarded people have become over the past generations and my wondering is answered in reading the comments of the new ‘woke’ on independent news and ‘truther’ sites. Generations have forgotten what past generations knew. I often say don’t waste time on explanations or convincing others of reality the ‘truths’ as this is pointless. Those who have eyes to see and ears to hear will make the connections and links to the big picture, the game plan. All others (the majority) are lost, a hard truth that is even harder to digest. “The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.”G.O. this is how mankind has been programmed. Most can not discern disinformation, MK projects of the 1930-50s completed the mapping of the brain and the effects of trauma, drugs (chemicals), toxins (micronised metals), venoms, oxygen depletion, etc this research was used to implement a global deployment of MK programming. So the question is, can the majority brake the chains of this generational retarding and MK programming? I suggest not.

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