Type 2 Diabetes – it’s not for me

State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle will this Saturday, 24 February, open Diabetes Queensland’s booked-out conference “EXPOsing diabetes” at The Events Centre Caloundra. 

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“On the Sunshine Coast we have approximately 13,300 people living with type 2 diabetes, 6,900 with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes and another 29,500 who are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Of course the figures are worrying but we shouldn’t panic. Conferences like this offer solid advice for sufferers and their family.” Mr McArdle said

“The risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes include – being overweight, lack of physical activity, high blood pressure and a family history. In many cases lifestyle has a major role to play so changes to diet, more exercise and watching our weight are all important. 

“The conference, which will host over 250 people, aims to give type 2 sufferers, their family and carers knowledge of how to manage diabetes and health behaviours. 

“Diabetes Queensland have said that more than 90% of people who attend these conferences are more confident in engaging with doctors and diabetes educators, health practitioners and getting regular health checks. That is an excellent outcome. 

“We need to be aware that obesity is a major problem and the W.H.O. stated in 2000 that there were 941,000 people worldwide who suffered from diabetes, with that figure increasing to an estimated 1.673m by 2030, an increase of 77.8%.

“Obesity is clearly a factor in developing diabetes and conferences such as Saturday’s highlight the risk of diabetes and educate the community. 

“Type 2 diabetes can creep up on you so take care of yourself – you owe it to your family.” Mr McArdle concluded. 

Visit: http://exposing.diabetesqld.org.au/events for more information about future events. 

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For further information contact:  Media Unit, Office of Mark McArdle, 0438 449 243.