Hon Judi Moylan

Do it for Diabetes Vietnam Challenge

Cycling is great way to stay healthy, but doing it in Vietnam has added benefits - like raising funds for diabetes education.

Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute is leading a contingent of DQ members who will journey through Vietnam as part of a challenge to raise funds for diabetes programs in Australia and raise awareness about diabetes.

Vietnam has seen a surge in diabetes over the last decade with over 6% of the population now diagnosed. Many sufferers in Vietnam do not even appear overweight.

The profile of those diagnosed in Vietnam is a reminder that diabetes does not discriminate by body shape.

Michelle recalls, “I lost two very special people in the last 12 months, both of which had type 2 diabetes. They were fit and healthy, and had never strayed outside of their healthy weight range.”

Member for Pearce, Judi Moylan, said that diabetes is a critical concern for Australia. “It is the silent pandemic. 280 Australians develop diabetes every day and it is the 6th most common cause of death in the country.

“Type 2 diabetes costs Australia more than $6 billion each year alone and yet nearly 40% of type 2 diagnoses are preventable. Raising awareness plays an important role in prevention.”

More information about the ‘Do it for diabetes’ challenge can be found at: http://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/DiabetesVietnamCyclingChallenge2014  

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