Management of diabetes in Indigenous communities: lessons from the Australian Aboriginal population

H. D. Nguyen, S. Chitturi, L. J. Maple-Brown

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    Abstract

    Type 2 diabetes mellitus and other chronic cardio-metabolic conditions are significant contributors to the large disparities in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Type 2 diabetes is more prevalent from a young age among Indigenous Australians and is often preceded by a cluster of risk factors, including central obesity, dyslipidaemia, albuminuria and socio-economic disadvantage. Management of type 2 diabetes in Australian Indigenous peoples can be challenging in the setting of limited resources and socio-economic disadvantage. Key strategies to address these challenges include working in partnership with patients, communities and primary healthcare services (PHC, Aboriginal community controlled and government services) and working in a multidisciplinary team. Population prevention measures are required within and beyond the health system, commencing as early as possible in the life course.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1252-1259
    Number of pages8
    JournalInternal Medicine Journal
    Volume46
    Issue number11
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016

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