THIS Thursday, April 7, is World Health Day and this year’s theme is diabetes. People with the diabetes and those close to them understand the severity of the condition, but many others do not.
Every day 28 Western Australians are diagnosed with diabetes and, by next year, the condition will overtake heart disease as the leading cause of disease burden in Australia. Sufferers face life-threatening complications such as heart attacks, strokes, kidney failureand limb amputations.
The good news is that everyone can do something to help reduce his or her risk. Even better, it is simple.
For example, go for a walk during your lunch break instead of sitting at your desk. Pick up a piece of fruit instead of a chocolate bar for afternoon tea.
Just a few small steps daily to help maintain a healthy lifestyle is all it takes to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes.
ANDREW WAGSTAFF, CEO,
Diabetes WA, Subiaco.