• Diabetes Australia has noted the release today of a new report - Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease - Australian Facts: Mortality from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare which shows that 53,000 deaths each year result from cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease which are highly inter-related.


    Diabetes Australia CEO, Professor Greg Johnson "This report is based on death certificate data which underreports diabetes related deaths," said Prof Johnson. "Often people may have had diabetes for many years and yet, when they die of a heart attack or stroke or kidney failure that was directly related to diabetes - the diabetes is not recorded on the death certificate."


    While cardiovascular death rates have fallen significantly since 1981, there has been no reduction in diabetes death rate reported over the same period - this highlights the need for more prevention and early intervention to reduce the burden of diabetes and related conditions.


     "We need a more coordinated and consistent approach in primary care to detecting those at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and chronic kidney disease through an integrated health check. I suspect many people in the community would be surprised to know that we do not have an integrated health check approach in Australia and we often look at different health risks in isolation.

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  • Long hours may put workers at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes prompting Diabetes Queensland to call for employers to invest in the health of their workforce.


    New research from University College London found people in manual jobs working more than 55 hours or more a week were 30 per cent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those working 35 to 40 hours per week. 


    They analysed data from more than 222,000 men and women worldwide and found the increased risk remained even after taking account other risk factors like smoking, physical activity, age, gender and obesity.


    Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute said the results were concerning for Queensland's blue-collar workforce in key industries including mining, construction and agriculture.


    "We would like to see Queensland employers actively supporting their people to prevent them developing type 2 diabetes by encouraging them to make healthy choices," Ms Trute said.


    "Long hours can make it hard for people to eat well at work so we are encouraging employers to educate their workforce on healthy choices and support them in making those choices part of their daily routine.

  • Federal and state governments and private health insurance companies should support a more integrated and comprehensive approach to insulin pump therapy and related new technology so that more Australian families affected by type 1 diabetes can benefit from treatment advances, according to a new report.


    Diabetes Australia CEO Professor Greg Johnson said that while there are 118,000 Australians with type 1 diabetes, only 12 per cent (14,990 people) have access to insulin pump therapy due to cost, access and limited availability.


    "Australia is lagging behind the US which has about twice the level of access to insulin pump therapy for people with type 1 diabetes," Prof Johnson said.


    Insulin pump therapy can be life-changing and together with new technologies such as continuous glucose monitors, potentially life-saving for people with type 1 diabetes.


    An insulin pump is a small battery-operated electronic device about the size of a mobile phone and is worn 24 hours a day. The rapid acting insulin is delivered via an infusion set which is inserted under the skin, delivering insulin continuously.


    Research has shown that insulin pump therapy can reduce the frequency of severe hypoglycaemia as well as improve the quality of life of pump users. Using a pump may improve blood glucose control.


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    Roche Diabetes Care has advised Diabetes Queensland of a rare issue with Accu-Chek Spirit Combo insulin pumps. In some pumps a power interruption may cause the date and time of the insulin pump to reset.


    Roche Diabetes Care advise that as a result, a shift of the basal rate time block would occur, which could potentially contribute to hyper- or hypoglycaemic events.


    Roche Diabetes Care is contacting all users of affected pumps. However Diabetes Queensland encourages people to check the date and time on their pumps to ensure it is correct. If you have any issues or questions please the Accu-Chek Customer Service Centre on 1800 633 457.

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