Member for Oatley and Chair of the NSW Parliamentary Diabetes Group, Mark Coure, will today participate in the Australian Diabetes Council forum on Diabetes and Sustainable populations' at State Parliament which marks the beginning of Diabetes Awareness Week which runs until Saturday.
"Australians were being diagnosed every five minutes, which means 290 Australians are discovering every day that they have an incurable disease," Mr Coure said.
The NSW-specific research, to be launched at a forum in Sydney today, showed diabetes sufferers were three to four times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than those who do not have diabetes.
"The cost of type 2 at the moment is over $10.3 billion."
Mark Coure said the numbers were a reflection of individuals' own eating and exercise habits. "If you think about our daily lives, we are time poor than ever before and engineering ourselves out of existence."
"In my own case, I am up at 6am every morning to answer emails and take in the morning news, make a few phone calls then after breakfast drive to work. Then onto community functions or events throughout the day and night almost 7 days a week. As you can completely understand, there's no exercise in that day."
"Research announced today by Australian Diabetes Council, which mapped rates of the chronic disease and heart disease in NSW and found that the two are strongly linked"
"Diabetes can no longer be managed by medical intervention alone," Mark Coure said. "We need to be, as a community working together to try to reduce the risk of it and its complications," he said. Prevention measures including eating better quality food and less of it and being physically active.
My challenge to the community is to get up and active and 45 minutes of physical activity each day can make the world of difference, and assist in reducing the chances of being diagnosed with diabetes.