Diabetes Awareness Week

This week marks Diabetes Awareness Week and nationally there has been a call for urgent action to tackle the burden of this disease which is contributing to 4,400 amputations each year for people with diabetes.

Speaking at the launch of National Diabetes Week the chief executive of Diabetes Australia A/Professor Greg Johnson said: “Australia’s health system is struggling to manage the growing burden of chronic disease, most notably type 2 diabetes, and the fact that there are more than 4,400 diabetes-related amputations in Australia every year as a result of diabetes underlines how critical this issue is”.

A/Professor Johnson called on the incoming Federal Government and the State and Territory Governments to work together to take decisive action on this national emergency.

“85% of diabetes-amputations are preventable if problems are detected early and managed appropriately,” he said.

“This is why Australia needs a new Diabetes Amputation Prevention initiative to end the tragedy of diabetes-related amputations within a generation.”

Diabetes Facts

  • 280 Australians develop diabetes every day
  • There are more than 4,400 amputations every year due to diabetes
  • Each year there are 10,000 hospital admissions for diabetes-related foot ulcers
  • Diabetic foot disease costs Australia around $875 million every single year
  • 85 percent of diabetes-related amputations are preventable.

source: Diabetes Australia

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