WITH more than 12,000 people in Leichhardt living with diabetes, Federal MP Warren Entsch is calling on locals to reduce their risk and take action to stop the spread of the disease.
“The week of July 15-19 is National Diabetes Week and with approximately 12,100 people in Leichhardt affected with this serious condition, it is the perfect time to highlight the importance of taking care of your own health,” Mr Entsch said.
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are particularly at risk, with the rates of diabetes for indigenous Australians estimated to be three times higher than other Australians.
“It is important everyone plays their part in turning the diabetes epidemic around. Type 2 diabetes isn’t just a cold you can shake; it requires careful management every day of your life.”
Mr Entsch said it was important people were familiar with the risk factors that could trigger the condition.
“These include a family history of type 2 diabetes, not getting enough exercise and high blood pressure,” he said.
Reducing alcohol intake, eating a healthy diet and doing daily exercise were also key factors to keeping healthy.
“Reducing your risk of developing type 2 diabetes is as easy as taking the dog for a walk or making sure you’re eating your recommended five serves of vegetables and two of fruit every day,” he said.
Diabetes Queensland is now offering a free online risk assessment at www.diabetesqld.org.au.