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Managing diabetes

Managing diabetes

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are at a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

 

The statistics are alarming and indicate more needs to be done:

 

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are three to four times more likely to have diabetes or pre-diabetes.

 

  • Indigenous Australians living in remote areas are twice as likely to have diabetes than non-Indigenous Australians.

 

  • The prevalence of diabetes is as high as 30 per cent in some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

 

  • The indigenous death rate from diabetes can be up to 17 times higher than that of non-indigenous Australians, mainly due to high levels of heart, blood and kidney problems.  

 

These figures are in part due to the higher rates of obesity, physical inactivity, heart disease, smoking and gestational diabetes in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

 

Programs and information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

 

Got Suga?

 

Got Suga is a one-day workshop that provides culturally appropriate education, through role play and storytelling, about the impact of type 2 diabetes within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

 

The Got Suga initiative, which is funded by the Federal Government's National Diabetes Services Scheme, empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to reduce the complications of diabetes, to lead a healthier lifestyle personally, and to educate their family and friends about how to stay healthy too.

 

Find out more.

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nutrition

 

Download the dietary guidelines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the resources box on the right.  

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Information

 

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet provides valuable information for people who are working, studying or interested in diabetes among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The website aims to provide quality information and resources about diabetes among Indigenous people.