About 20,000 Rocky people could have diabetes and not know

ALMOST 20,000 Central Queenslanders may be unaware they are living with type 2 diabetes or at high risk of developing the condition.

The figures from Diabetes Queensland, released ahead of this week's National Diabetes Week, show more than 19,592 Rockhampton people could have signs of the disease without knowing it.

Member for Capricornia MP Michelle Landry said the forecast for the Rockhampton region was alarming and highlighted the importance of people assessing their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

"There are already more than 7073 people in Capricornia living with type 2 diabetes but this figure could be significantly higher," Ms Landry said.

"Experts from Diabetes Queensland believe for every person diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, there are nearly three people who are either undiagnosed or have pre-diabetes."

Diabetes Queensland chief executive officer Michele Trute said people needed to understand the risks of developing type 2 diabetes and what life could be like living with it.

"Once diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you have the condition for life," Ms Trute said.

"If poorly managed, diabetes can result in serious health complications including nerve damage, loss of limbs and blindness - but in most cases type 2 diabetes can be prevented."

Ms Landry encouraged people to spend five minutes doing a free online assessment at Diabetes Queensland's website to understand their risk of developing the condition.

"In some cases 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."

TACKLING TYPE 2 DIABETES

  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Make healthy food choices.
  • Manage blood pressure.
  • Check cholesterol levels.
  • Don't smoke.
  • Take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment at diabetesqld.org.au


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