Diabetes WA heads to diabetes hotspot of the Great Southern
The Diabetes WA team are heading to the diabetes hotspot of Wagin for next month’s Wagin Woolorama after identifying the town as a diabetes hotspot, with 6.3% of residents currently living with the condition.
Of the 1,848 people living in Wagin, 116 residents have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, whilst the nearby town of Narrogin also experiences a high rate of 6.4%.
According to Diabetes WA CEO, Mr Andrew Wagstaff, the exhibit at WA’s largest regional agricultural show is a great opportunity to share information with residents and raise awareness of diabetes throughout the Great Southern region.
“A diagnosis of diabetes is serious and can lead to life-threatening complications such as heart disease, blindness and kidney failure,” said Mr Wagstaff.
“At Diabetes WA we’re here for your health journey, and want to equip people with the knowledge required to make health a top priority. As well as visiting the exhibit, I encourage people to sign up to become a ‘Friend of Diabetes WA’ via our website to receive free monthly e-newsletters containing health news and tips that will help you focus on a healthy future.”
“In fact, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes can be reduced up to 60% by maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active and following a healthy eating plan, so keeping informed on what you can do to look after your wellbeing long-term is very important,” adds Mr Wagstaff.
Residents living in rural areas can also benefit from Diabetes WA’s free online programs, Get on Track Challenge and My Healthy Balance, designed to help participants make positive steps towards a healthier lifestyle by encouraging regular physical exercise and intake of fruit and vegetables.
Visit the Diabetes WA exhibit at the Wagin Woolorama on March 7 & 8 or go online at www.diabeteswa.com.au/friend_of_DWA to register your details to receive monthly free e-newsletters.