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,"
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
"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 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
- Courier Mail