Marangaroo Centre of Diabetes Hotspot
Marangaroo and its adjacent suburbs are a diabetes hotspot according to the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) statistics on WA’s population living with the condition, with over 10,000 residents living with type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes in that area.
In Marangaroo alone there are over 2000 people living with diabetes, with additional large numbers coming from nearby Balga, Mirrabooka, Nollamara and Westminster.
Mrs Helen Mitchell, General Manager of Health Services at Diabetes WA, expressed concern about the high incidence of diabetes and says that 90% of the residents with the condition are living with type 2 diabetes.
“A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is serious and can lead to life-threatening complications such as heart disease and kidney failure. These figures show a high number of people in Marangaroo and the surrounding suburbs need support and assistance in making lifestyle changes which will improve their health and wellbeing,” said Mrs Mitchell.
“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.
“People living in these areas often have to struggle to make ends meet and health is further down the list of priorities. Often parents and carers work full-time and there are many barriers to making healthy choices including time, cost and convenience. It is important to provide support and clear actions to make healthier choices the easier choices across the board,” said Mrs Mitchell.
Diabetes WA also hosts a broad range of information sessions on numerous topics throughout the Perth metropolitan area and in regional WA, as well as providing free online health programs such as the Get on Track Challenge.
For more information on the full list of programs and services provided by Diabetes WA, call the Diabetes Information and Advice Line (DIAL) on 1300 001 880.