Don't be complacent about diabetes risk, residents warned

FRASER Coast residents are being warned not to become complacent about developing diabetes in light of new research that shows 80% of people don't believe they are at risk of the disease.

More than 6400 people - 7.3% of the population - on the Fraser Coast are registered as having either type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes Australia chief executive officer Greg Johnson said the disconnect between the public perception of risk and reality was a major concern.

He said 280 Australians developed diabetes every day.

Diabetes Australia has launched a new campaign as part of National Diabetes Week, from July 14 to 20, urging all Australians and governments to act.

Themed Face of Diabetes, it is aimed at drumming up support for the new National Diabetes Strategy and Action Plan.

"All types of diabetes - type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes show worrying increases in prevalence," Professor Johnson said.

"There is no such thing as 'mild' diabetes.

"All types of diabetes are serious and can lead to serious complications.

"For example, heart attacks and strokes kill people with diabetes early and are four times more likely in people with diabetes."

For more information, visit www.faceofdiabetes.org.au or call the Diabetes Australia infoline on 1300 136 588.

Number of diabetics by area

  • Hervey Bay - 3977
  • Maryborough - 1790
  • Tiaro - 347
  • Woocoo - 264


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