RISK FACTORS
Many Coasties, particularly those over 40, are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes through any one of these lifestyle factors:

  • Not enough physical activity
  • Poor nutrition
  • Being overweight
  • Smoking

Other factors that increase risk are:

  • Being an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • Being a male
  • Having a family history of diabetes
  • Ethnicity/country of birth

WHAT IS TYPE 2 DIABETES?
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic (long term) disease marked by high levels of sugar in the blood. People with diabetes have a higher risk of developing heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, circulation problems, lower limb amputations, nerve damage and damage to the kidneys and eyes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.

A recent local survey found 10% of Central Coast adults aged 18 years and over had been told by a doctor or hospital they had diabetes and of these, 75% had type 2 diabetes.

You can have type 2 diabetes and not know because symptoms may not be obvious.

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CHECK YOUR RISK
Use the Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool (AUSDRISK) to find out how you score.

WHAT'S YOUR SCORE?

If you scored 12 or more points in the AUSDRISK you are at High Risk of developing type 2 diabetes within 5 years or may have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. Act now! See your doctor for a type 2 diabetes test.

If you scored 6-11 points in the AUSDRISK you are at Intermediate Risk of developing type 2 diabetes within 5 years. Discuss your score with your doctor. Improving your lifestyle may help reduce your risk.

If you scored 5 or less in the AUSDRISK you are at Low Risk of developing type 2 diabetes within 5 years. This doesn't mean you are at no risk. Approximately one person in every 100 will develop diabetes. Maintaining or improving your lifestyle may help reduce your risk.

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REDUCE YOUR RISK
Your lifestyle choices can prevent or at least, delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. You cannot change risk factors like age and your genetic background. You can do something about being overweight, your waist measurement, how active you are, eating habits or smoking.

If there is type 2 diabetes in your family, you should be careful not to put on weight. Reducing your waist measurement reduces your risk of type 2 diabetes. By increasing your physical activity and improve your eating habits you can lower your risk.

FREE SUPPORT
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For help to eat better, be more physically active and achieve and maintain a healthy weight, call NSW Health's FREE and confidential Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service on 1300 806 258 or visit www.gethealthynsw.com.au 

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For help to quit smoking, call the FREE NSW Quitline on 13 7848 (13 QUIT) or visit www.icanquit.com.au 

   

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