Australia’s report card on health reveals one in four people don’t realise they have type 2 diabetes.
The COAG Reform Council’s five-year analysis of the state of health in Australia has revealed mixed results on the health of the nation.
While life expectancy has increased, emergency department waiting times have improved and smoking rates are falling, there were six emerging areas of concern.
Of most concern were the prevalance of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
“What is particularly worrying is that a quarter of people with type 2 diabetes do not know they have it, and half of people who know they have type 2 diabetes are not managing their condition properly,” chairman of the COAG Reform Council, Hon John Brumby said.
Older Australians and people living in poorer communities were most likely to have diabetes.
“We found almost 63 per cent of Australian adults are overweight or obese and one in 25 Australians are suffering from type 2 diabetes — a condition associated with obesity,” Mr Brumby said.
The report also found that in the five years, the percentage of elderly Australians waiting more than nine months for high residential care rose from just over three per cent to more than 14 per cent.
Mr Brumby added that Australians have among the longest life expectancies in the world and that our two biggest killers — circulatory disease and cancer — have fallen significantly.