Diabetes risk assessment

Diabetes risk assessment

Almost 900,000 Australians report living with diabetes1 and it is estimated that the actual prevalence of diabetes in the population is double this number with half the cases being undiagnosed.2 Diabetes contributes to 5% to the total disease burden in Australia3 and costs the economy around $1.3 billion every year.4

Population screening using blood glucose measurements is not recommended for healthy people. Healthy 40-year olds should be assessed for diabetes risk using the AUSDRISK calculator (or 18 years in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples).

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For more in depth information about the place of AUSDRISK calculation in preventive health the current NPS MedicineWise visiting program about preventive health activities in general practice discusses why AUSDRISK is recommended as a risk assessment in preventive health activities.

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian health survey: first results, 2011–12. 2012. www.abs.gov.au/ausstats (accessed 8 January 2013).
  2. Colagiuri R, Girgis S, Gomez M, et al. National evidence based guideline for the primary prevention of type 2 diabetes. Canberra: Diabetes Australia and the NHMRC, 2009.
  3. Begg S, Vos T, Barker B, et al. The burden of disease and injury in Australia 2003. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2007.
  4. Gross J. Projection of Australian health care expenditure by disease, 2003–2033. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2008. www.aihw.gov.au/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=6442457498 (accessed 10 January 2013).