Diabetes – knowing the risks could save your life
Approximately 1.7 million people in Australia have diabetes – with one new person developing the condition every five minutes. It is Australia’s fastest growing chronic disease and is a real risk in our country communities.
Anna Blackie, Marathon Health Diabetes Educator, says there can be a lack of understanding about risk factors and associated health problems if someone already has a type 2 diabetes diagnosis.
“A lot of people aren’t aware that if they have diabetes, they are two to four times more likely to develop heart disease and on top of that they are likely to develop it about 10 to 15 years earlier than the general population.”