Australia’s population of Indigenous women and girls is much younger than the non-Indigenous female population. It’s because Aboriginal women die younger, and Aboriginal birth rates are higher. At the same time, Aboriginal Australians are much more likely to have diabetes, and to get it younger. This means, of course, that Indigenous mothers are more likely to have diabetes in their childbearing years.
Combine this fact with growing international evidence that suggests that exposure to diabetes in utero exponentially increases risk and a sobering picture emerges.
Diabetes is a public health scourge for all Australians, but in Indigenous Australia especially children are being born with a destiny in which diabetes is much more likely, regardless of their lifestyle decisions.
This is a cycle we need to break, and with your support we can continue our valuable work doing so.