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Book a health check this National Diabetes Week

WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti gets a health check during National Diabetes Week with Professor Glen Maberly of Western Sydney Local Health District WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti gets a health check during National Diabetes Week with Professor Glen Maberly of Western Sydney Local Health District Image credit: Lenore Gee

Media release, July 13, 2015

 

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils is calling on Western Sydney residents to book a health check this National Diabetes Week (July 12 – 18).

WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said regular health checks are important because around half of all Type 2 diabetes sufferers don’t know they are living with the disease[1].

“Furthermore, recent research from the University of Western Sydney has found that Western Sydney residents are around two to three times more likely to develop diabetes than people living in inner-Sydney[2]," he said.

“If left untreated, Type 2 diabetes can result in serious health issues so it is important to diagnose it as early as possible,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“The good news is Type 2 diabetes is almost entirely preventable. A good diet and regular exercise are the best ways to reduce a person’s risk of developing the disease,” he said.

“Those who want to improve their health, but don’t know where to start should ask their GP about the NSW Government’s free Get Healthy coaching program[3],” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Many Western Sydney councils also have free or low-cost healthy living programs that residents can get involved in. Residents can contact their local council to find out about programs in their area,” he said.

“Diabetes does not just affect those living with the disease, their but families, workplaces and the public health system more generally,” he said.

“It is estimated that the prevalence of diabetes in Western Sydney will be 204 per cent higher in men, and 147% higher in women by 2025, but as a community we can work to turn that figure around[4],” said Cllr Hadchiti.

 

Media contact: Kelly-Anne Gee, 02 9671 4333 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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[1] Western Sydney Diabetes Prevention and Management Initiative (2013). Available from: http://www.wslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/ArticleDocuments/511/WSLHD_Diabetes_PreventionManagementBook_FA.pdf.aspx

[2] Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 106/3, (2014). Astell-Burt et al, Understanding geographical inequities in diabetes: Multilevel evidence from 114,755 adults in Sydney, Australia, pg e68-e73, Elsevier. Available from: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168822714004331

[3] For more information on the Get Healthy NSW program visit: http://www.gethealthynsw.com.au/

[4] Western Sydney Diabetes Prevention and Management Initiative (2013). Available from: http://www.wslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/ArticleDocuments/511/WSLHD_Diabetes_PreventionManagementBook_FA.pdf.aspx

 

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