Pharmacies to help sufferers
INFORMATION released by Diabetes Queensland has revealed that the rate of diabetes cases in the Fraser Coast has skyrocketed by 35% from 2007 to 2011, prompting local pharmacies to join the National Diabetes Service Scheme.
In Maryborough and Hervey Bay more than 5,500 people live with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, and about 62 Queenslanders diagnosed with diabetes everyday.
About 15 pharmacies in the Fraser Coast have now signed up for the NDSS, which provides subsidised products and support for sufferers.
Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute said the number of pharmacies signed up for the scheme had increased more than tenfold over the past four years, highlighting the impact of diabetes on the state.
"In the next 20 years the prevalence rate for diabetes is expected to double," Ms Trute said.
"While we've seen an increase in diabetes, we've also seen an increase in avenues of support for sufferers."
Ms Trute said pharmacies supporting the NDSS would be able to give people speedy access to essential items to help manage type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
"Having access to the subsidised prices and information will help people to avoid having diabetes problems, like eyes, heart, kidney and limb complications," she said.
About 850 Queensland pharmacies have joined the NDSS to help provide better care for diabetes sufferers across the state.