Type 2 di­a­betes the lead­ing killer

Isis Town and Country - - News -

THE Wide Bay Hos­pi­tal and Health Service is call­ing on peo­ple to take ac­tion to min­imise their risk of de­vel­op­ing type 2 di­a­betes as part of Na­tional Di­a­betes Week.

With the re­gion ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the fifth high­est rate of type 2 di­a­betes in Aus­tralia, re­nal units are on the front­line of man­ag­ing an ever-in­creas­ing num­ber of peo­ple di­ag­nosed with kid­ney dis­ease due to di­a­betes com­pli­ca­tions.

“Di­a­betes is the num­ber one di­ag­no­sis for pre­ventable hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions, lead­ing to is­sues such as nerve dam­age, limb loss and heart, kid­ney and eye dis­ease,” WBHHS Cre­den­tialed Di­a­betes Ed­u­ca­tor Marie MacDougall said.

“Type 2 di­a­betes is a lead­ing cause of death with the Wide Bay hav­ing a mor­bid­ity rate of 38 peo­ple per 1000, which is above the Aus­tralian av­er­age of 34,” she said.

“The chal­lenge is man­ag­ing the in­creas­ing num­ber of peo­ple with pre­ventable com­pli­ca­tions.

“The WBHHS team sees first­hand the im­pact of di­a­betes, there is a link be­tween the risk fac­tors of in­ac­tiv­ity, poor nu­tri­tion and ex­cess body weight with type 2 di­a­betes.

“Peo­ple can change their habits and that will re­duce their risk fac­tors.”

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