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
"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.
World Diabetes Day 2014
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
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
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
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
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FACEBOOK POST - ACCU-CHEK SPIRIT COMBO
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
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