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A three-word slogan: stop the bloat

Would it be too hysterical to declare a “diabetes emergency”? Perhaps not. An estimated 280 people develop diabetes mellitus each day in Australia, adding to the estimated 1.7 million people with the condition. This number is expected to almost double by 2030 (http://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/Understanding-Diabetes/Diabetes-in-Australia). One in five people with diabetes do not even know they have it (http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4364.0.55.005). Despite the tardiness in acting on diabetes here and globally, which Leeder details in his editorial (doi: 10.5694/mja13.10973), people are now scrambling to turn back the numbers.

In terms of meaningful diagnosis and management, let alone cure, diabetes has long proved recalcitrant for both individuals and communities. Its social and economic cost now threatens to outpace Australia’s health budget for tertiary, secondary and primary prevention of diabetes and its complications. With an estimated 3.5 million people in Australia now affected by diabetes or prediabetes, Zimmet (doi: 10.5694/mja13.10972)…

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