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Diabetes in my country

An overview of the problems New Zealand faces in terms of diabetes
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New Zealand is a small country containing 5 million people located in the pacific. We are known for our beautiful scenery, punching above our weight on the sports field and laid back attitude. It’s because of this attitude that we as a society are now facing a big problem.

There are approximately 228,000 people in New Zealand with diabetes, mostly type 2. If these numbers continue to grow at the current rate, New Zealand is on a trajectory to reach epidemic proportions of type 2 diabetes within the next 20 years.

Alt text This graph to the left shows the number of people diagnosed with diabetes is projected to increase to between 70 and 90%, up to a total of 430,000 people by 2040.
Alt text The estimated annual cost of Diabetes in New Zealand currently is $NZ 2.1 billion which is projected to reach $NZ 3.5 billion by 2041. A contributor to this cost of amputations.
Alt text New Zealand also has an alarming rate of amputations due to diabetes complications (which we will look at later in the course). Between 2016 and 2020 there have been a 30% rise in the number of people with diabetes requiring an amputation to 1111. Now if you put that into perspective that’s more than 3 per day!!

In the next activity you will have the opportunity to conduct research on your country.

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