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Cathy Freeman, Olympic gold medallist and former Australian of the Year, has run for the lives of 1.5 million Australians with diabetes in a 5 km fun run marking the end of National Diabetes Week.
'I'm proud to be running with more than 160 fellow Australians who are either living with or have family members or friends impacted by diabetes,' she said.
The Olympic gold medallist said she lives with type 2 diabetes and is living proof that diabetes can affect anyone, regardless of how fit they are. She said, ‘As someone who exercises regularly and takes care of what I eat, it was a bit of a shock to find out about my diagnosis.'
‘It highlights how indiscriminate and common the condition is. Everyone should look out for the warning signs, know the risks and have regular checks with their doctor,' says Freeman, who is 40 years old.
Craig Bennett, CEO of Diabetes Australia Victoria, said around 280 Australians are diagnosed with diabetes every day which equates to more than 100,000 Australians diagnosed every year. Reducing this number is vital, he said.
Source: NACCHO Health News