Di­a­betes-risk check re­minder

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Gareth McKnight

Adults in the Rock­ing­ham and Kwinana re­gion are be­ing urged to have a type 2 di­a­betes risk check as part of a na­tional aware­ness pro­gram.

Na­tional Di­a­betes Week is this week, with lat­est statis­tics show­ing only 5 per cent of Aus­tralians over 40 have been checked for the de­bil­i­tat­ing dis­ease in the past two years.

Both Rock­ing­ham and Kwinana have poor health pro­files, with the sub­urbs hav­ing some of the worst col­lec­tive di­a­betes statis­tics in WA.

Di­a­betes Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Pro­fes­sor Greg John­son said many peo­ple had type 2 di­a­betes for up to seven years be­fore be­ing di­ag­nosed.

“The tragedy is that much of the dam­age to the body that causes di­a­betes-re­lated com­pli­ca­tions like vi­sion loss, kid­ney dam­age, heart at­tack, stroke and limb am­pu­ta­tion is pre­ventable,” he said.

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