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New report from Diabetes Australia calls for urgent action on diabetes prevention

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Alarming new data from Diabetes Australia reveals a critical need for a stronger focus on preventing and managing type 2 diabetes. Their 2024 State of the Nation report highlights a concerning rise in diagnoses, with the number of people living with diabetes growing by 32%, from about 1.1 million to nearly 1.5 million. 

This trend is particularly concerning for our youth with the number of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes between the ages of 21 – 39 increasing by 44%, while diagnoses before the age of 20 rising by 17% in the past decade. This is a wake-up call for Australia. 

The good news? Type 2 diabetes is often preventable and even ‘reversible’ for many people who have managed type 2 diabetes for decades and choose to change their diet. 

The State of the Nation report reveals that early intervention, effective prevention programs, and community support are key to reducing the burden of type 2 diabetes. At Defeat Diabetes, we’re proud to champion a healthier future for Australians living with or at risk of type 2 diabetes through our Defeat Diabetes Low Carb Program, which has helped thousands of Australians achieve remission and improve their blood glucose.

Defeat Diabetes is now a partner of Diabetes Australia

Our new partnership with Diabetes Australia is a powerful force for change. We share a common mission: empowering Australians with the tools and knowledge to prevent and manage type 2 diabetes. By working together, we’re making a significant difference in the fight against type 2 diabetes.

The 2024 State of the Nation report includes 25 recommendations covering prevention, more support for vulnerable communities and greater investment in type 2 diabetes research.

Top 5 recommendations from the State of the Nation report:

1. Early intervention is key

The report emphasises the importance of catching type 2 diabetes early, particularly among vulnerable groups. Increasing access to regular screenings and early diagnosis can prevent complications and improve long-term health outcomes. Use the Defeat Diabetes Risk Calculator to understand if you’re at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

2. Promoting Remission

The report highlights the power of community-based remission programs. A key driver for the success of the Defeat Diabetes Low Carb Program is our vibrant online community, which provides support to those who need it most. The good news is that even if you don’t achieve remission, there may be substantial benefits for trying, including improved blood glucose and a significant improvement in quality of life.

Before and now picture of Defeat Diabetes member Robert Stockton
Defeat Diabetes member Robert Stockton perfectly captures the power of community support in achieving remission.

“What I love about the Defeat Diabetes program is the community group. You can ask any question, and you won’t feel stupid. No one is an expert, but there’s a sense that we’re all in this together. Often, a Defeat Diabetes doctor or dietitian will pop in to answer questions in the group, and that’s helpful. But I hadn’t expected this feeling of family, like having a cheer squad celebrate your success.” Read more. 

3. Curbing sugary drinks

The proposed 20% health levy on sugary drinks tackles a major contributor to type 2 diabetes. This levy could significantly reduce consumption and raise awareness about the dangers of excess sugar. Revenue from the levy should be reinvested in public education campaigns and initiatives promoting healthy drink choices and improving understanding of hidden sugars in our food.

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“Prevention is the only thing that will protect future generations of Australians from the costly impact of living with type 2 diabetes,”


Justine Cain Diabetes Australia Group CEO
4. Invest in prevention programs

Implementing a national type 2 diabetes high-risk prevention program would be a game-changer. This program could drive awareness, offer targeted support, and encourage lifestyle modifications that significantly decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Imagine the impact such a program could have on the long-term health of Australians. 

5. Parliamentary Inquiry

The report recommends a parliamentary inquiry into type 2 diabetes prevention and management. This could drive policy changes to better support Australians living with or at risk of type 2 diabetes. In 2023, Defeat Diabetes founder Dr Peter Brukner OAM, expert Dr Paul Mason, and medical advisory panellist Dr James Muecke AM, made recommendations to parliament,  advocating for stronger policies and increased funding for prevention and remission initiatives. Insights from experts and healthcare professionals on the frontline could help shape better policies for diabetes prevention and management.

At Defeat Diabetes, we fully support Diabetes Australia’s call for immediate action. The health of our nation and future generations depends on it.

The science supporting low carb management of type 2 diabetes is gaining momentum, as is the buzz around our partnership with Diabetes Australia! Download our FREE remission guide to learn about the benefits of a low carb approach and how the Defeat Diabetes Program can help you achieve your health goals.

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