Long-term study finds Australian adults increasingly at risk of diabetes and obesity.

One of the most comprehensive studies tracking the health of Australians has released findings that paint a disturbing picture of the nation's battle with diabetes and obesity.

The AusDiab study was funded through a National Health and Medical Research Council grant and followed 11,000 Australians for 12 years. Researchers found the incidence of diabetes remained very high, with almost 270 adult Australians diagnosed each day, and people aged 25-34 were gaining more weight than other age groups. Patients with diabetes were also found more likely to suffer other conditions as well.

Prevalence of depression in patients with diabetes was 65 per cent, which was much higher than those without diabetes. Study leader Professor Jonathan Shaw says the link between diabetes and depression is complex.

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