Australia's national peak body for diabetes has warned that the rate of the condition is likely to at least double in Australia over the next decade, with Generation Y hardest hit.
Diabetes Australia has released a national assessment today (March 14), suggesting that one in three members of Generation Y will be affected by the disease by 2025.
The report, titled Diabetes: the silent pandemic and its impact on Australia, was researched and written by Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in partnership with Diabetes Australia, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Novo Nordisk.
"Prevention of type 2 diabetes is now a reality for many – but understanding how to implement the appropriate lifestyle changes for large numbers of people remains uncertain," lead author of the report, associate professor Jonathan Shaw, said.
Implementing lifestyle changes – such as adopting a healthier diet or beginning to exercise – to help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes may require additional assistance and resources, so some private health insurance providers offer access to weight loss and management services to aid the transition.
The research also indicated that while type 2 diabetes is Australia's fastest growing chronic disease, cases of type 1 diabetes is continuing to rise.