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Diabetes in Australia is our fastest growing chronic condition

The onset of Type 1 Diabetes mellitus (T1DM) occurs most frequently in people under 30 years, however, new research suggests almost half of all people who develop the condition are diagnosed over the age of 30.

Each day 280 Australians develop diabetes:

  • 56% are males
  • 44% are females
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No. Not at all. Unusualrisks.com.au is an online discrete and focused pre-assessment service run solely by our parent company Sapience Financial & Investment Services.

After completing a successful online pre-assessment, the entire application process, all correspondence, updates and reviews are completed through our standard market branded service, Sapience Financial. They care for a fully rnage of different clients with different needs from mortgage brokering, estate planning, financial advice and strategies and even small business risk management.

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My partner is not a diabetic, can you help them at the same time as you help me?

We sure can. We believe in looking after those who look after you. The process is much the same, just no online pre-assessment is needed. 

For friends, family and supporters who want standard life insurance cover, the application process is the same, and there is no need for a pre-assessment.

Just send us an email and we'll organise the rest.

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Basic Eligibility

If you're living with well-managed diabetes and were wondering if you can now get life insurance, the simple answer is now 'Yes!'

Whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, there are new rules for cover. Eligibility will depend upon an applicant being over age 20, diagnosed for under 10-15 years, and having good weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol management.

People over age 50 with a late-onset diabetes diagnosis are also eligible.

Why you need a specialist adviser to help you get life insurance

In reality, someone living with diabetes is still more likely to be turned down for life insurance by mainstream life insurers than someone who doesn't have this condition.

When you're offered coverage, you'll pay about the same premium as other people with pre-existing conditions such as cancer, certain kinds of heart conditions, or smokers.

We give you the best chance of success

  • At Unusual Risks, we understand and track the detailed and ever-changing underwriting criteria and the medical requirements that insurers need to work with.
  • We can present you in the most favourable light so that your chances of success are the highest.
  • By understanding your health position before we make any recommendations or our advisor provides any advice we know what your outcome will be before any formal application is made.
  • We use technology to help us anonymously pre-assess your medical position so that any potential difficulties can be dealt with — without the need to identify you and create a permanent record that might influence a future insurance application.

And we've been helping people just like you for over 20 years now.

Take our 60 second pre-assessment here and see if we can work with you.
Have you had a chance to browse through our frequently asked questions yet?

Diabetes is a chronic condition

This means that it lasts for a long time, often for someone's whole life.

There are two types of diabetes type 1 and type 2 so life insurance underwriting for diabetes varies for because they truly are two different diseases.

For our bodies to work properly we need to convert glucose (sugar) from food into energy. The hormone called insulin is essential for the conversion of glucose into energy.

  • In people with diabetes, insulin is no longer produced or not produced in sufficient amounts by the body.

So when people with diabetes eat foods containing glucose, (such as bread, cereals, fruit and starchy vegetables, legumes, milk, yogurt and sweets) it can’t be converted into energy.

Instead of being turned into energy the glucose stays in the blood. (Your blood glucose level is called glycemia). This is why blood glucose levels are higher in people with diabetes.

How serious is this?

Diabetes is listed in the top 10 leading causes of death in Australia. Diabetes and its complications both impact the life expectancy of an individual and can reduce life expectancy by 10 to 20 years.

How many people in Australia have diabetes?

The total number of Australians with diabetes and pre-diabetes is estimated to be approximately 3.5 million.

  • About one in four Australian adults over the age of 25 years has either diabetes or impaired glucose metabolism.

About 900,000 Australians have been diagnosed with diabetes. For every person diagnosed, it is estimated that there is another person who is not yet diagnosed.

What to do?

If you or your loved ones have been diagnosed with diabetes, we believe it's important to get some protection in place soon as possible rather than wait until there are unplanned complications that might prevent you from getting insurance later.

Where to now?

  Have questions? See Frequently Asked Questions.

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  Ready to know if we can work with you? Take our Anonymous Pre-assessment.


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Meet Lisa. She's a procurement manager for a busy national corporate and there's nothing she can't find when she puts her mind to it

But when it came to life insurance for somebody with diabetes, that proved a bigger challenge.

Last year while on holidays, Lisa's partner Sandra had to go to the hospital after a problem with her diabetes medication.

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