Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Mandatory Checks Part of Hospital Plan; Help Lower Diabetes Risk in Regions

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Mandatory Checks Part of Hospital Plan; Help Lower Diabetes Risk in Regions

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Byline: Geoff Egan Geoff.Egan@newsregionalmedia.com.au

REGIONAL Queensland children are more likely to be overweight or obese and at risk of developing type-2 diabetes than their Brisbane cousins.

Queensland Health statistics show almost every regional Queensland city has a higher rate of overweight or obese children than the capital.

Only the Sunshine Coast and Cairns have lower rates of children who are overweight or obese than Brisbane's north.

In north Brisbane, 21.5 per cent of children are overweight or obese, compared to 23.3per cent on the Gold Coast, 26.2per cent in Wide Bay, 27.2per cent in Central Queensland, 27.3per cent on the Darling Downs, 27.6per cent in Mackay, 28per cent in Ipswich and 30.7per cent in Townsville.

Experts say mandatory testing for type-2 diabetes in regional emergency rooms could save lives and millions of dollars.

This obesity data comes days after we revealed that regional children are quitting school far earlier than their city counterparts. In Brisbane, 81 per cent of children get to the end of Year 12, but the figure is barely 50 per cent in some rural areas.

It is what caused us to launch Fair Go For Our Kids, a campaign that is aimed at lifting education resourcing in the regions and addressing associated youth problems.

Diabetes Australia statistics show 81 per cent of Queenslanders with type-2 diabetes registered with the National Diabetes Services Scheme live outside Brisbane.

That's 166,465 people.

Health groups have warned being overweight or obese from a young age significantly increases the risk of long-term chronic diseases.

Diabetes Queensland has called on both major parties to commit to introduce type-2 diabetes screening at hospital emergency departments.

A western Sydney trial of mandatory diabetes testing found 47% of all ED patients had either diabetes or pre-diabetes. …

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