Highway to health DETAILS
■ In 2005, 700,000 people were diagnosed
with diabetes in Australia ■ Of these, 83 per cent had type 2 diabetes ■ It is estimated that for every diagnosed case
of diabetes there is one undiagnosed case ■ Diabetes costs the Australian economy at
least $6 billion a year ■ The number of Australians with diabetes will rise from the current estimate of 1.8 million to 3.3 million by 2031
Diabetes Research WA executive director Sherl Westlund wants to give truck drivers healthy eating alternatives. Is it time truckies had healthier choices than a pie, cheese sausage and can of cola at roadhouses, service stations and truck stops?