The Nunyara Aboriginal Health Service is conducting a study into diabetes and how it affects the Aboriginal community in Australia and Whyalla.
The following is a statement from the Aboriginal Diabetes Study team about their initiative:
“In Australia, about 30% of the adult Indigenous population has diabetes, and the numbers continue to rise.
Diabetes is increasing in Aboriginal children, teenagers and young adults, with rising rates of diabetes in pregnancy.
The reason for this is not fully understood.
Whilst diet, exercise levels and weight gain are known to contribute to diabetes, they do not fully explain the high rate of diabetes and why some people get very sick.
The Aboriginal Diabetes Study aims to:
- Better understand the problem of diabetes and its complications
- Better predict the development of diabetes complications
- Improve diabetes care to Aboriginal people and prevent complications
All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over – with and without diabetes – are invited to participate.
The Study will be set up at Nunyara Aboriginal Health Service 17/23 Tully Street.”
Diabetes is increasing in Aboriginal children, teenagers and young adults.Diabetes Study team.