Poor lifestyle blamed for spike in diabetes

obesity, inactivity, poor diet the top risk factors
obesity, inactivity, poor diet the top risk factors

‘I found it hard to accept,’ he said.

After Mr Williams’ condition worsened, he came to the realisation he had a ‘serious problem’.

He decided to take action to improve his health.

Mr Williams previously weighed 140kg, but shed more than 40kg.

He now no longer requires insulin.

A Diabetes WA spokeswoman said type 2 diabetes was a progressive condition.

‘It is not standard for people to turn their lives around to the point that they are able to come off insulin after starting it,’ she said.

‘It can be done, but it takes an exceptional amount of hard work and dedication.’

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition that cannot be prevented, while type 2 diabetes is associated with risk factors such as obesity, poor diet and inactivity.

Diabetes WA chief executive Andrew Wagstaff said the growing prevalence of type 2 diabetes was the most concerning.

‘People tend to underestimate the seriousness of type 2 diabetes, yet the effect of this condition on a person’s life is immeasurable,’ he said.

‘Along with the everyday challenges that go with maintaining healthy blood glucose levels, people with type 2 diabetes are at risk of a series of complications, including limb amputations, impaired vision and kidney failure.

‘They are also up to four times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.’