280 per day are diagnosed with diabetes

THE increasing prevalence of diabetes is a serious threat to the health of people across the region, the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service has warned today.

The risk of diabetes is a growing health concern across the nation with 280 Australians developing diabetes everyday and the problem is particularly worrying in the Wide Bay.

The Wide Bay has the 5th highest rate of type 2 diabetes in Australia per head of population, which has a huge impact on the health system.

"Diabetes complications is the number one diagnosis for avoidable hospital admissions in the Wide Bay," WBHHS diabetes service registered nurse Antoinette Hollett said.

"Anyone can develop diabetes, you don't have to be old and you don't have to be overweight, and it causes serious health complications such as heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease, amputation and blindness.

"The good news is it is something you can prevent by taking action now and making decisions that will lessen your risk of developing diabetes."

There are currently 1.7 million Australians living with in diabetes with 1 in 3 Australians expected to develop diabetes at some point of their lives.

To find out what you can do to lessen your risk of diabetes visit www.diabetesaustralia.com.au.



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