Nearly 120,000 West Australians are currently diagnosed with diabetes. It is estimated that, for every person that is diagnosed as a diabetic another person has diabetes and doesn’t know it.
Nearly 60% of diabetes cases can be prevented or delayed with early detection, and this why raising awareness of the condition is so important.
The risk of remaining undiagnosed
Undiagnosed diabetes can lead to complications to the eyes, feet, kidney and cardiovascular system if blood glucose levels are high for an extended period time. However, if detection of those people at risk of type 2 diabetes occurs early, most cases can be prevented or delayed through lifestyle modification!
How to raise awareness
Assessing a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes is easy! The AusDRisk Tool is a simple screening tool that asks a series of questions that creates an accumulative score. This score relates to whether someone is at low, intermediate or high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Placing this tool in medical centres or community health centres waiting rooms is one easy way to raise the awareness of type 2 diabetes and create conversations about diabetes in the community. Online and hard copies of the AusDRisk Tool can be found on the following websites:
- Online copy: https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/risk-calculator
- Hard copy that can be printed: https://static.diabetesaustralia.com.au/s/fileassets/diabetes-australia/6d252140-1ff0-47b2-a83f-3cc3db348131.pdf
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