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Diabetes rise increases amputation danger

Date posted: 12 December 2013

Associate Professor Neale Cohen from the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute has warned that type 2 diabetes is one of the greatest health epidemics in modern times, and that Australians are risking amputations, kidney failure and blindness by not taking it seriously.

Professor Cohen believes that people need to take more responsibility for their health, saying that type 2 diabetes is 'a worldwide problem largely driven by sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy eating.'

Professor Cohen further highlights that Indigenous Australians are at risk of the disease regardless of their lifestyle, with many developing an extremely aggressive form of the disease that can occur at a young age.

Source: SBS news


Last updated: 12 December 2013
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