Even as health loss caused by most illnesses is predicted to fall, health loss by type 2 diabetes will likely more than double in Australia by 2023. Health loss is measured by the 'disability adjusted life year' (DALY) with one DALY equaling one lost year of healthy life. The DALY represents the gap between current health status and an ideal situation.
New research assesses and predicts the burden of disease and injury in Australia from 1993 to 2023. Currently, 75 percent of health loss is caused by cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological and sense disorders, chronic respiratory disease and injuries. Cardiovascular disease is the overall biggest cause, and anxiety and depression are the biggest causes for women.
But while many causes of health loss are predicted to fall by 2023, some will rise over that same period. Health loss due to diabetes in particular is likely to rapidly increase.
* Science Daily January 14, 2008