The Southern Downs Regional Council area shows between four and seven per cent of residents have diabetes.
The Southern Downs Regional Council area shows between four and seven per cent of residents have diabetes.

Diabetes rises on the Downs

THE Southern Downs is following a statewide trend when it comes to diabetes, with figures dramatically increasing.

Experts are blaming bad diets and an increase in obesity for the rise in type 2 diabetes following the release of a new diabetes map yesterday for Diabetes Day, on Diabetes Australia Queensland’s website.

Though the Southern Downs has climbed four places, from 24th to 20th in state, in the ranking positions of local governments from best to worst in terms of diabetes prevalence, a sharp surge in cases has still brought the region from having under four percent of people with diabetes to between four and seven percent in the last three years.

Neighbouring region Goondiwindi would be looking around with envy as its figures are some of the worst in Queensland.

Ranked 55th out of 74, the region has a whopping 12.34 per cent diabetes rate.

Goondiwindi however has in the last three years been overtaken by some of the regions in northern and central Queensland and has jumped to 55th place from 60th.

Mapoon and Cook regions in the north of the state have consistently fared badly with diabetes, while Cassowary Coast has been in the top spot since 2007, maintaining exceptionally low levels.

While Type 1 diabetes is genetic, Type 2, is known as a “lifestyle disease” and it’s in Type 2 where we are seeing surges.

According to reports, 60 people in Queensland are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes every day.

Symptoms include excessive thirst, hunger and urination as well as tiredness, unusual weight loss, blurry vision and irritability.

Illnesses associated with it include heart attacks, strokes, blindness, kidney problems and limb amputations.

Type 2 used to more commonly affect adults, but children are being diagnosed at an increasing rate.

Facts

Between 4 and 7% of people in the Southern Downs suffer from diabetes

Type 1 diabetes: affects 10 to 15 percent of all people with diabetes, people carry the gene for this.

Type 2 diabetes: affects 85 to 90 percent of all people with diabetes. It’s a lifestyle disease, strongly associated with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and extra weight around the waist.



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