Smoking, drinking and eating our way to hospital

THE bad diet, high rate of smoking and sedentary lifestyle is catching up with the Fraser Coast residents according to a report released by the National Health Performance Authority.

The report found Maryborough has the highest rate of hospitalisation for possibly preventable diseases of any inner regional area in the country.

That is, more than 3513 hospitalisations per 100,000 are due to a disease that could be prevented such as obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes complications, heart failure, cellulitis and kidney and urinary infections.

Main Street Medical Centre general practitioner Shaun Rudd said the figures were not surprising.

"It's a reminder that there is a problem and that problem is too many cigarettes, too much alcohol and not enough exercise," he said.

Dr Rudd said it was not uncommon for the elderly to have these types of diseases as they had more years to develop a preventable disease.

However, he had seen a worrying trend with younger people contracting a serious illness which could have been prevented.

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service Margaret Young said the Maryborough figures were on par with metropolitan with similar demographic make-ups such as Jimboomba and Southport.



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