Climate change and diabetes: averting two linked catastrophes

Rosalie Schultz and Peter Tait
Med J Aust 2014; 200 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.11163
Published online: 3 February 2014

To the Editor: Zimmet draws attention to the looming catastrophe of diabetes.1 However, there is a concomitant health catastrophe — climate change, “the biggest global health threat of the 21st century”.2

  • Public Health Association of Australia, Canberra, ACT.


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  • 2. Costello A, Abbas M, Allen A, et al. Managing the health effects of climate change: Lancet and University College London Institute for Global Health Commission. Lancet 2009; 373: 1693-1733.
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  • 4. Egger G. Dousing our inflammatory environment(s): is personal carbon trading an option for reducing obesity – and climate change? Obes Rev 2008; 9: 456-463.
  • 5. Franck C, Grandi SM, Eisenberg MJ. Agricultural subsidies and the American obesity epidemic. Am J Prev Med 2013; 45: 327-333.


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