Sir Michael Hirst, president of the International Diabetes Federation, has launched Diabetes Australia's National Diabetes Strategy and Action Plan.
Mr Hirst believes the plan will draw some much-needed attention to the twenty-first century pandemic that is diabetes.
"In 2012 the worldwide cost of diabetes was estimated at $US471 billion," he said. There were also a recorded 4.8 million deaths around the world that same year because of the disease.
The National Diabetes Strategy and Action Plan is based on five main goals that Diabetes Australia would like to see achieved.
One word links three of these five goals: prevention. Diabetes Australia is adamant that through optimal management, early diagnosis and educating the masses about this disease, we will be better equipped to prevent it.
The plan aims to stop so many people from developing type 2 diabetes, as well as reduce the impact of this disease on pregnant women, children, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
If you have diabetes, you may want to consider taking out a health insurance plan. This will help you get access to the medical care you need when and if you require it.
According to Diabetes Australia, private health insurance providers are not allowed to discriminate against those with diabetes or other chronic illnesses.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes before you organise Australian health insurance, it could be regarded as a "pre-existing condition" under your policy.
All this means is that you may be subject to a 12-month waiting period before you are able to make a claim.
Remember, private health insurance providers cannot refuse to insure you or make you pay a higher premium because of your diabetes.
Professor Greg Johnson, chief executive officer of Diabetes Australia, revealed that diabetes is projected to become the primary "burden of disease" in Australia over the next five years.
He added that type 2 diabetes costs Australia approximately $14.6 billion a year – a number that could in fact double to $30 billion within just 12 years if drastic changes aren't made.
"At least 1.5 million Australians have diabetes. 280 Australians develop diabetes every day – nearly 100,000 Australians developed diabetes in the past year," Mr Johnson said.
In 1987, Australia was the first country to introduce government-supported assistance for self-monitoring and self-management of diabetes. The National Diabetes Strategy and Action Plan promises to continue this tradition of world-leading disease prevention.