Reduce your risk in National Diabetes Week
With more than 10,420 people living in Forde with diabetes, National Diabetes Week (14 July – 20 July) is a timely reminder to assess individuals risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen MP said with more than 10,420 people in Forde living with type 2 diabetes, 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.
“If poorly managed, diabetes can result in serious health complications including nerve damage, loss of limbs and blindness.”
Bert said people needed to be aware of the risk factors.
“Risk factors include a family history of type 2 diabetes, not getting enough exercise and high blood pressure.”
“The first thing you can do is measure your waist. A waist measurement of over 94cm for men or 80cm for women puts you at a higher risk.”
Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute said people could take a free online risk assessment at the organisation’s website.
“People can log on to www.diabetesqld.org.au and take a free online risk assessment,” Ms Trute said.
“It is a free, simple test that will help you find out if you are at risk. Why not assess your risk today?”
Bert said people could reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by eating a healthy diet, reducing alcohol intake and exercising for at least 30 minutes each day.
“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.
People can take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment at: http://www.diabetesqld.org.au/healthy-living/who-is-at-risk/assess-your-risk.aspx
The Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool (AUSDRISK) has been developed by the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute for the Australian, State and Territory Governments to help people determine their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.