BEATING diabetes is all about education and prevention.
That was the message health professionals were putting out yesterday to mark World Diabetes Day.
Chair of the Australian General Practice Network Dr Emil Djakic said taking steps now was the key to preventing this chronic lifestyle disease.
“International Diabetes Day is an opportunity to remind the Australian community that their choice of lifestyle factors today can influence their quality of life in years to come,” Dr Djakic said.
“In Australia over one million people suffer Type 2 diabetes, a figure predicted to significantly rise in coming years due to the nation’s obesity epidemic.”
He said even small changes like weight loss, physical activity and healthy eating lowered the risk of developing the disease.
Early detection is also vital for positive disease management. Indigenous Australians currently experience much higher incidences of the disease.