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More Queenslanders under 40 being diagnosed with Type II diabetes

This article from the Courier Mail today.

 

The number of younger Queenslanders being diagnosed with Type II diabetes is growing.

 

National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDDS) data, obtained by Diabetes Queensland, has identified an increasing number of 20 to 30 year olds being diagnosed.

Younger people, those under 40, are increasingly becoming a key group for Type II diabetes diagnosis.

 

In total, 194,852 Queenslanders are now registered with the national scheme, most of them in their middle or later years.

 

But Diabetes Queensland chief executive Michelle Trute said while the rate of diagnosis among older aged groups had plateaued or declined, there had been an increasing incidence of Type II diabetes among those in their 20s and 30s.

 

"More and more young people are checking to establish their risk of diabetes and an increasing number find their danger is real," she said.

 

The NDSS data reveals 45 Queensland children under the age of 16 have been registered with the condition, which is predominantly caused by lifestyle factors.

 

Ms Trute said that in 60 per cent of cases, Type II diabetes progression could be slowed or even halted by treatments, such as diet and exercise, especially when diagnosed early.

 

University of Sydney human nutrition professor Jennie Brand-Miller said limiting incremental weight gain, which can creep up on adults, was the best way to prevent diabetes.

 

She said ideally adults should not to put on more than 10 per cent of their young adult weight.

 

"They might only gain a kilo a year, they might let their belt out, they might buy slightly bigger clothes, but they are not particularly worried by one kilo here and one kilo there," she said.

 

"But the trouble is, it is all incremental and adds up to 10kg in 10 years."

 

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU'RE DIAGNOSED WITH TYPE II DIABETES

Diabetes Queensland advises:

1. Register with the National Diabetes Service Scheme (NDSS)

 

2. Visit your doctor to make an "annual cycle of care" plan, which is a checklist of routine blood tests and other exams

 

3. Ask your doctor about a GP Management Plan (GPMP) and Team Care Arrangement (TCA), which gives subsidised access to dietitians, podiatrists etc.

 

4. Commit to taking an active role in managing your own health

 

- Courier Mail

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