GPs and patients must work together to tackle diabetes epidemic

14 November, 2017

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) reminds Australians to speak to their GP about diabetes prevention and management, as more than 200 people in Australia are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes every day.

RACGP President Dr Bastian Seidel said World Diabetes Day is a timely reminder of the important role GPs play in providing counsel and support for people living with diabetes.

"GPs are the first point of call for many Australians experiencing health concerns and are in the best position to manage this concerning epidemic," Dr Seidel said.

"GPs play a central role in type 2 diabetes management across the spectrum, from identifying those at risk right through to caring for patients at the end of life.

"Through increased awareness and advocacy, diabetes can be effectively managed with the assistance of your regular GP."

This year’s World Diabetes Day aims to raise particular awareness of women living with diabetes.

Dr Seidel said GPs can empower women and girls with knowledge and resources they need to prevent type 2 diabetes in their families and better safeguard their own health.

"Far more attention needs to be given to the one in ten women throughout the world living with diabetes," Dr Seidel said.

"Women living with diabetes and who are pregnant, are in an at-risk group and should consult their GP for a healthcare plan for a safe pregnancy."

Statistics from the International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) show that there are currently over 199 million women living with diabetes and this total is projected to increase to 313 million by 2040.

The RACGP provides Australian GPs with comprehensive clinical guidelines covering general practice management of type 2 diabetes and GDM.

Visit the World Diabetes Day website for more information or join the conversation using #WDD.