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Labor to tackle diabetes in Queensland if elected next year

ROCKHAMPTON MP Bill Byrne believes a community prevention program backed by health experts will be the key to combating type 2 diabetes.

Mr Byrne said a Labor government would consult with Diabetes Queensland and the Heart Foundation to deliver the program if elected next year.

"Health for Life! Taking Action on Diabetes is a program that will give 10,000 high-risk Queenslanders access to individual or small group consultations with trained staff over an eight-month period," Mr Byrne said.

"These sessions will be all about lifestyle change, helping those at risk to help themselves when it comes to healthier living."

Mr Byrne said the increase in cases of type 2 diabetes was driven by expanding waistlines, with 39% of Central Queenslanders considered obese. As well as helping prevent diabetes, Mr Byrne said Labor's prevention plan would also benefit the state's hip pocket.

"In Queensland about 60,000 hospitalisations each year are associated with diabetes and the cost to our health system is staggering," he said.

"Diabetes patients cost the Queensland health system almost $10,000 each per year when complications occur."

Healthy facts

More than 7000 Central Queenslanders have type 2 diabetes

A further 20,000 may not know they have the disease or have a high risk of developing it

Source: Diabetes Queensland

Topics:  alp, diabetes, election




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