10 May 2002
The number of Australians with diabetes has doubled since 1981, a nationwide study shows.
Oral glucose tolerance testing on 11,247 people aged 25 years or older showed 8 per cent of men and nearly 7 per cent of women met World Health Organization criteria for diabetes (Diabetes Care 2002; 25: 829-34).
In addition, about 17 per cent of men and 15 per cent of women had abnormal glucose tolerance, one of the highest rates of glucose tolerance reported from a developed nation.
The increase in diabetes prevalence is only partially explained by changes in the age profile and obesity, the researchers said.
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