Fig­ures for di­a­betes con­cern­ing

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Marissa Ge­or­gopou­los

NEW fig­ures from the Western Syd­ney Lo­cal Health Dis­trict (WSLHD) show more peo­ple are be­ing di­ag­nosed with di­a­betes and the num­bers are “alarm­ing”.

The lead­ing de­mo­graphic liv­ing with di­a­betes or most at-risk of de­vel­op­ing the dis­ease were men aged 60 to 80 from non-English speak­ing back­grounds.

Of the 11,000 peo­ple who were tested, 17 per cent were likely to have di­a­betes while 30 per cent showed signs of pre-di­a­betes.

Those screened were pa­tients who vis­ited Mt Druitt Hospi­tal and Black­town Hospi­tal’s emer­gency wards since June.

WSLHD en­docri­nol­o­gist Dr Tien-Ming Hng said the new statis­tics were a ma­jor con­cern.

“Di­a­betes is not some­thing you should ig­nore; it stays silent un­til some­thing bad hap­pens,” he said, adding he saw se­ri­ous cases which in­cluded am­pu­ta­tions, heart at­tacks, stroke and dial­y­sis.

His man­age­ment ad­vice for di­a­betes pa­tients was: “Eat less and walk more — just that alone will help.”

Dr Ming said the fo­cus needed to be on pre-di­a­betes pa­tients, who are able to stop the dis­ease’s devel­op­ment.

“We’re see­ing younger peo­ple de­vel­op­ing di­a­betes and that is a worry, it is a re­flec­tion of poor life­style choices,” he said.

Dr Tien-Ming Hng.

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