Western Sydney’s diabetes fight premiers on world stage

Professor Glen Maberly from Western Sydney Local Health District has been leading the charge against diabetes.

Did you know?

  • Nearly half the population in western Sydney is either affected by, or at risk of developing, type 2 diabetes?
  • If you live in western Sydney, you are more likely to have diabetes than if you live in the eastern suburbs of Sydney or the northern beaches?
  • 30 per cent of people routinely tested at Blacktown and Mount Druitt Emergency Departments have pre-diabetes and 17 per cent have type 2 diabetes?
  • Testing at general practices in western Sydney show similar results.

Western Sydney Diabetes (WSD) director, Professor Glen Maberly has been leading the fight against type 2 diabetes in the west with the support of over 130 Alliance partners.

“The prevalence of type 2 diabetes in western Sydney is growing rapidly,” said Prof Maberly.

“Continued routine testing in our emergency department and local GPs has shown the rate of type 2 diabetes in western Sydney is much higher than first thought.”

The work of WSD and Alliance members was selected to showcase at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 79th Scientific Sessions, held recently in San Francisco, California.

The theme was, “Bridging Diabetes Research with Groundbreaking Discoveries”.

Professor Glen Maberly, director of Western Sydney Diabetes (WSD), joined approximately 15,000 diabetes specialists, educators and scientists from over 115 countries, for the five day event.

15,000 sets of eyes watched the content on ADA TV, a dedicated conference channel featuring videos on the latest projects from around the world, airing on conference screens, in partner hotels and on buses to and from the conference.

To watch the video visit https://westernsydneydiabetes.com.au/whats-happening/western-sydney-diabetes-ada-video-28-jun-2019 .

“Thank you to the American Diabetes Association for the opportunity to tell the world about the work we are doing here in western Sydney,” Prof Maberly said.

“The Health system alone can’t fix the diabetes epidemic, so we are fortunate to have the support of over 130 Alliance members from various local organisations, working with us to beat diabetes together.

“The good news is it’s possible to beat type 2 diabetes, so we are committed to uncovering unknown cases of type 2 diabetes in our community and helping people to make changes to their diet and lifestyle.

Tips to help beat type 2 diabetes:

  • Speak to your GP about getting tested – early detection is key
  • A sustained weight loss of 2-4 kg can help stop type 2 diabetes in its tracks
  • Eat a healthy diet low in processed foods, low in fat and sugar and full of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Get involved in daily exercise.

To find inspirational ways to get healthy and active, download a copy of the WSD Healthy Living Options booklet, at https://www.westernsydneydiabetes.com.au/themes/default/basemedia/content/files/1014_WSLHD_Healthy-OptionsV3_A5_May2019_WEB_D7.pdf  .

To find out more about the work of WSD and Alliance partners, please visit https://www.westernsydneydiabetes.com.au/ .