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Podcast: Diabetes is Australia's silent pandemic and we have our diets to blame

There are nearly 2 million people in this country diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

The disease is everywhere in this country and around the world -- there could be 700 million cases worldwide in the next 25 years.

Diabetes Australia says for people who are overweight or obese, remission of type 2 diabetes usually requires "substantial" weight loss. Picture: Shutterstock

Diabetes Australia says for people who are overweight or obese, remission of type 2 diabetes usually requires "substantial" weight loss. Picture: Shutterstock

We've spent the last two years focussing on the Covid-19 pandemic, but Type 2 diabetes is getting worse, and it already costs our health system $20 billion a year. Sufferers face a whole range of terrifying complications - including having limbs amputated, strokes, heart attacks, and going blind.

We're getting fatter and sicker every year and I believe that diet is the major factor

Dr Peter Brukner, Founder of Defeat Diabetes

Experts say the rise of type 2 diabetes coincides with the explosion of ultra-processed foods over the last forty years.

We're getting sicker and sicker every year but despite the huge burden and rising cases, it's largely preventable.

Dr Peter Brukner thought his low fat diet was keeping him healthy.

Dr Peter Brukner thought his low fat diet was keeping him healthy.

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This story Silent Assassin: Australia's diabetes crisis first appeared on The Canberra Times.