High­way to health DE­TAILS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page -

■ 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

Pic­ture: David Baylis

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?

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