Map reveals diabetes hotspots

QUEENSLAND is in the grip of a diabetes problem with new 2010 figures showing some local government areas have up to 60 per cent of the population affected.

New figures for 2010 show all areas of the state have seen an increase in incidences of diabetes since 2007.

The far north and western regions of Queensland recorded the largest growth in diabetes over the same period.

The Sunshine Coast local government area has 4.1 per cent of the population with diabetes in 2010, up from 3.2 per cent in 2007, with Gympie up from 3.7 in 2007 to 4.9 per cent in 2010.

Diabetes Australia Queensland CEO Michelle Trute said the 2010 data shows 27 local government areas having a diabetes incidence above 7 percent of the population, compared with only 16 areas having such high levels in 2007.

“Diabetes is the fastest growing non-infectious disease in the world and two million Queenslanders are at risk of type 2 diabetes because they are overweight," Trute said.

“Despite campaigns such as our National Diabetes Week and Queensland Government programs Eat Well Be Active and Smart Choices, it is clear from this new data that more needs to be done.”

The total cost of diabetes in Queensland was estimated at $6.9 billion in 2008 – $2.5 billion in direct financial costs and $4.4 billion in the cost of lost wellbeing.

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