Overview

Diabetes is a chronic condition marked by high levels of glucose in the blood. The main types of diabetes are type 1, type 2 and gestational. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form, and is largely preventable by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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Latest findings

In 2020–21, there were over 16.5 million prescriptions dispensed for diabetes medicines

1 in 7 women who gave birth in 2019–20 was diagnosed with gestational diabetes

52,400 people were newly diagnosed with diabetes in Australia in 2020

Future work will need to consider available data and the costs and benefits of data improvement activities

There are limited national data about the use of diabetes technology in Australia

The approval, access and distribution pathway of new technology involves multiple stakeholders and processes