DIABETES HITS 275 AUSTRALIANS EACH DAY AS PANDEMIC SPREADS

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A new national health study funded by the NH&MRC, industry and state governments released today by the International Diabetes Institute in Melbourne shows diabetes is hitting up to 275 new victims each day throughout Australia. The findings of the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study (AusDiab) were presented today to the Federal Minister for Health and Ageing, Mr Tony Abbott and provide the first definitive, clear picture of the rising tide of diabetes, obesity, hypertension (increased blood pressure) and chronic kidney disease.

EurekAlert! (http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-05/ra-dh2051406.php)