14th Jul 2008

Diabetes – a diagnosis of diabetes can be an opportunity to get healthy

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Around 700,000 Australians have been diagnosed as diabetic, and about the same number again are unaware that they have diabetes. About 85% of those diagnoses involve type 2 diabetes – a condition that is largely preventable and manageable.

Risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes include being overweight, having high blodd pressure and cholesterol, being physically inactive, increasing age, having a family history of diabetes, and having gestational diabetes during pregnancy. People from some ethnic backgrounds are also at greater risk.

If are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you can reduce its impact. A diagnosis can be an opportunity to improve your health through diet and lifestyle. So if you have been diagnosed, what can you do?

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