Type 2 diabetes the leading killer
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.”