National Diabetes Week 9 - 15 July 2017

State Member for Noosa Glen Elmes is encouraging us to complete an online 2 minute survey to check our risk of developing Type 2 diabetes this National Diabetes Week.

“Recently I received some alarming statistics about the prevalence of diabetes in our community from Diabetes Queensland. Across the State about 60 people are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes daily. In fact 1, 759 people living in the Noosa electorate have Type 2 diabetes, which equates to 3.2 per cent of locals. A further 3,783 have been diagnosed with ‘pre-diabetes’ which is the precursor to Type 2 if drastic lifestyle changes are not made.

“Often, Type 2 remains hidden for ten years or more and in many cases a diagnosis is made only after serious health complications begin to appear.

“According to Diabetes Queensland in almost 60 per cent of cases, being informed about your risk of diabetes enables you to slow its advance. That is why I encourage everyone to complete the survey using the type 2 diabetes risk assessment tool.

“Anyone can develop diabetes - you don't have to be old and you don't have to be overweight, it affects the rich and the poor. The World Health Organisation estimates that over 422 million people worldwide have diabetes.

“At a recent Noosa Heads Lions Club meeting I heard about the great work Lions do internationally through their Strides program, which raises awareness about the dangers of diabetes. Every 8 seconds someone in the world dies of complications associated with diabetes, such as heart disease, stroke, limb amputation blindness and kidney failure.

“A less common form of diabetes is Type 1 diabetes - a life threatening auto immune disease which is most commonly diagnosed in children and young people under the age of 25. In Queensland two people are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes every day. There is no way to prevent this form of diabetes and 247 people in the Noosa Electorate depend on many insulin injections each day to stay alive.

“Type 1 diabetes often occurs suddenly and deadly diabetic keto-acidosis can result. It is important, particularly for parents to be aware of early signs and symptoms such as rapid weight loss and extreme thirst.

“Early diagnosis and good management can prevent the onset of serious diabetes-related complications that might otherwise lead to blindness, kidney disease or lower limb amputations.

“Some pregnant women develop Gestational Diabetes, which must be carefully managed throughout their pregnancy to prevent serious illness in both Mum and Bub. While the condition ends when the baby is born, both mum and bub are at a greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.

For more information on diabetes visit www.diabetesqld.org.au