Many Coasties, particularly those over 40, are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Check your risk by doing the Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool (AUSDRISK).
So what is Type 2 Diabetes?
The Central Coast Community Health Survey 2014 estimated that of Central Coast adults aged 18 years and over, 10% had been told by a doctor or hospital they had diabetes and of these, 75% have Type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic (long term) disease marked by high levels of sugar in the blood. People with diabetes have a higher risk of developing heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, circulation problems, lower limb amputations, nerve damage and damage to the kidneys and eyes.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.
Many Coasties, particularly those over 40, are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes through any one of these lifestyle factors:
- Not enough physical activity
- Poor nutrition
- Being overweight
Other factors that increase risk are:
- Being an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
- Being a male
- Having a family history of diabetes
- Ethnicity/country of birth.
In approximately 58% of cases of type 2 diabetes, the condition can be delayed or prevented by reducing weight, increasing physical activity, improving diet and stopping smoking.
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The Central Coast Local Health District, Diabetes Services, provide information, education and support for people with diabetes, their families and carers. Our team includes diabetes nurse educators, a dietitian and social worker to help both children and adults manage their diabetes
Health assessment for people aged 40 to 49 years with a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes
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With this in mind, there is opportunity to promote healthy eating and active living across organisations on the Central Coast to help reduce prevalence of the disease.