Facts about Diabetes Foot Care : And Why Foot Care is Important,

280 Australians develop diabetes every day. That’s one person every five minutes.

Around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes. This includes all types of diagnosed diabetes (1.2 million known and registered) as well as silent, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes (up to 500,000 estimated)

Total annual cost impact of diabetes in Australia estimated at $14.6 billion

There are more than 4,400 amputations every year in Australia as a result of diabetes.

In 2005, more than 1000 people with diabetes died as a direct result of foot ulcers and lower limb wounds – around 8% of all diabetes related deaths.

Every year there are 10,000 hospital admissions in Australia for diabetes-related foot ulcers in Australia – many of these end with people having a limb, or part of a limb, amputated. 

Experts estimate diabetic foot disease costs Australia around $875 million every single year.

Recent new research suggests investing in evidence-based care for Australians with diabetic foot ulcers could save around $2.7 billion over five years. That is around $9,000 per person aged under 75 and $12,000 per person aged over 75 (both over five years).

Data from Diabetes Australia (https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/diabetes-in-australia)

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