For the last few years, diabetes is growing in an alarming rate. For the past 20 years, US has shown a growing rate of a whopping 160 per cent in this disease. The Health of the People report in NSW (New South Wales) provides a snapshot of more than 70 health indicators.
It showed that between 1997 and 2007 the percentage of people in NSW aged 16-24 who were obese more than doubled, from 4 per cent to 8.7 per cent. The increase was mainly in young women. Hospitalisations for which diabetes was recorded as a principal diagnosis increased by more than 160 per cent between 1989-1990 and 2006-07.
Type 2 diabetes, often referred to as lifestyle-related diabetes, accounts for up to 90 per cent of all diabetes cases and about 71 per cent of all hospitalizations for diabetes in NSW.Previously considered an adult-only problem, type 2 diabetes is increasingly affecting children, along with other health problems such as fatty liver disease and hypertension.
Acting Chief Health Officer, Kerry Chant, says US predictions of a drop in lifespan of two to five years by mid-century will occur here. He added,
“Childhood overweight and obesity has the potential to become one of the biggest public health issues over the coming century. One of the consequences of the obesity epidemic is an increase in diabetes.”
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald