According to an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report released today (December 6), young adults might not be managing or monitoring their diabetes as well as they could.
About 31,300 young Australians (aged 0 to 30 years) with diabetes were registered with the National Diabetes Services Scheme in 2010, with the majority (79 per cent) having Type 1 diabetes.
Young Australians management of diabetes was explored in the report, Diabetes among young Australians, looking at their use of health services and health problems related to the condition that they experienced.
The monitoring of blood glucose levels is vital in managing diabetes, most specifically for those on insulin and with Type 1 diabetes.
The report suggests that people aged 19 to 24 are not monitoring their condition as well as others, with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes patients in this age group buying blood glucose test strips at "lower rates".
"Although uncommon, long-term complications of diabetes are also occurring in young Australians," Ms Senes said.
'Some young people aged 19-30 are already experiencing serious but preventable long-term complications of diabetes, including nerve damage, foot ulcers, eye and kidney disease."
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