Diabetes costs $24m and should be top election issue

DIABETES should be the top issue in the State Election campaign as it has been revealed the issue is costing the Fraser Coast more than $24 million in lost productivity, according to Diabetes Queensland.

Described as the "most serious and expensive issue facing Queensland's health system", there's a call for all sides of politics to treat the issue seriously.

While type 2 diabetes is largely preventable by healthy eating and exercise, type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition however both can greatly affect every part of a person's life.

Diabetes Queensland have developed a Diabetes Action Plan, an initiative which proposes increasing education, funding health professionals and preparing a lifestyle intervention program.

The plan is expected to cost $6.87 million over three years and Diabetes Queensland chief executive Michelle Trute said it was aimed at lowering the impact diabetes had in our society.

"The Diabetes Action Plan is a three-pillared strategy based on support and management for people with all types of diabetes as well as preventing people from developing type 2 diabetes," she said.

On the Fraser Coast candidates have all offered their support to the battle against diabetes.

Incumbent Member for Maryborough Anne Maddern said there were already six programs provided by the Department of Health focusing on fitness and healthy eating.

"Each of these programs in slightly different ways addresses the issue of diabetes, its causes and treatment," she said.

Maryborough's Palmer candidate Steve Anderson suffers from type two diabetes and he said awareness was the best tool to combat the issue.

"People should be constantly kept aware that inaction, and consumption of certain foods also aids the onset of diabetes," he said.

>> Check out the latest State Election coverage here

Independent candidates for Hervey Bay and Maryborough Jannean Dean and Russell Wattie also supported better education.

One Nation candidate for Maryborough Damian Huxham said the region needed a new mindset.

"It needs more than dollars thrown at the issue, we really need a change in culture to improve the general health of everyone within our community," he said.

Maryborough candidate Bruce Saunders said Labor's Health for Life-Taking action on diabetes policy was based on a similar program in Victoria.

"Its primary focus is education of those at a high level of risk," he said.

"It proposes to use multiple recruitment strategies including social media, referrals by GPs, local health promotion and workplace wellness programs."

Topics:  diabetes diabetes queensland health system issue state election 2015

Veronica turns 103: “I enjoy everything too much to leave”

RSL Care Baycrest resident Veronica Quinn is turning 103 years old on October 23.

She's now the oldest at RSL Care Baycrest.

OPINION: We should be able to feel safe in our home

The criminal was too quick for the owner to witness them.

M'boro man attacks, threatens his own parents

The 20-year-old's tantrums earn him a fine and time in prison

Local Partners

Priscilla concerned people will forget about Elvis

Priscilla Presley source Bang

She says she feels responsible to keep his legacy going

Taylor Swift files lawsuit over alleged groping

Taylor Swift source Bang

Swift has commenced legal action against a DJ over the incident

Kanye West threatens to boycott Grammys

West says he won't go to the Grammys if Frank Ocean's not nominated

Why this actress wasn't embarrassed by nude photo leak

Leslie Jones source Bang

'If you wanna see Leslie Jones naked, just ask,' she said

Dad's Army comic genius Jim Perry dies

Jimmy Perry, the creator of Dad's Army.

Dad's Army series captured all that British people savour

Check out some fashions from the Coast festival

FASHION: Ocean Zen range.

Images from the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival show what's hot

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.