You Can Reduce Your Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes During Diabetes Awareness Week

Member for Baulkham Hills David Elliott is calling on Hills residents to take control of their health and consider their risk of developing type 2 diabetes during Diabetes Awareness Week which runs from 14 – 20 July.

 Diabetes is Australia’s fastest growing chronic disease, impacting Australians at all ages and stages of life.

 “It’s concerning to hear that there are so many people who don’t realise they have diabetes, or are at risk, so Diabetes Awareness Week is a really important reminder to us all. Diabetes is Australia’s fastest growing chronic disease, with one person being diagnosed every five minutes. Diabetes rates are rising right across our community, but the good news is there are easy things we can all do to improve our health,” Mr Elliott said.

 “As the member for Baulkham Hills I am proud to live in a state where the community has come together to tackle Australia’s fastest growing chronic disease.”

 “I want to congratulate Australian Diabetes Council on their 75th anniversary being the oldest diabetes charity in Australia. They have helped people to enjoy their lives by assisting them to achieve the best health possible for their age or stage of diabetes.”

 “This Diabetes Awareness Week I’m calling on the Hills community to improve their quality of life by making simple lifestyle changes to maintain an active and balanced lifestyle and reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.”

This year Australian Diabetes Council is releasing a free “Ages and Stages of Diabetes” booklet during Diabetes Awareness Week, which will also be available on its website:


 Top 5 tips from Australian Diabetes Council for Australians at any age: 

  1. Go for a walk with a friend during Diabetes Awareness Week – exercise can help at any age or stage of diabetes
  2. Ask family members if they have had diabetes or been tested – people with relatives who have type 2 diabetes are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes themselves
  3. Add an extra serve of veggies to your dinner this Diabetes Awareness Week
  4. Know that there is help out there – call 1300 342 238 to speak with an expert for free if you have any questions about diabetes
  5. Visit to download a free booklet on the ages and stages of diabetes 

 People who are concerned about diabetes or would like further information about Australia’s fastest growing chronic disease can visit  or call 1300 342 238 to speak with an expert.

 Diabetes is a chronic disease that is diagnosed when there are abnormally high levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood. More than three million (or one in four) Australian adults over the age of 25 have either diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance (pre-diabetes)[i]. There are two main types: Type 1 (insulin dependent) diabetes, which represents 10-15% of cases; and Type 2 (non-insulin dependent but may be insulin requiring), which represents 85-90% of cases and may be prevented in around 60% of people at risk.

[i] AusDiab 2005. IDI, 2006