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Dietary guidelines tweak for type 2 diabetes could slash $1b from public hospital spend

A parliamentary committee has found changing the dietary requirements for early stage type 2 diabetes could slash $1 billion from the state’s public hospital spending each year.

The result of the inquiry calls for low-carbohydrate diets to be one of three options formally offered to patients – rather than a push towards insulin.

Chair of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education and Health Janine Freeman told Gareth Parker on Mornings a lot of stigma remains around type 2 diabetes as it’s classified as a “lifestyle” disease.

 

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