Figures for diabetes concerning
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.