Raising diabetes awareness could be the key to preventing the massive rise forecast in diabetes patients in the next decade. In Australia this weekend, 15,000 syringes were planted in a bid to raise awareness about juvenile diabetes .
Type 1 diabetes is a particularly acute problem in Australia, where the rate of type 1 diabetics is one of the highest in the world. The syringe installation is supposed to represent the average number of insulin injections required by a diabetes patient during his or her lifetime.
Jodi Mckay the science minister reportedly commented: “This is very much about raising awareness about something that we don’t know much about, we need to find a cure for this. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is committed to that. We have 8,500 young people who have diabetes – we know that within the next three years there’ll be 12,000 young people.”

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