The AusDiab study was funded though a National Health and Medical Research Council grant and completed over a span of 12 long years. The sample size constituted a total of 11,000 Australians.
The study stated that diabetes is fast emerging as a growing menace in a country where 270 Australians are diagnosed with the disease daily. The researchers also observed that people in the age group 25-34 were gaining more weight than others.
Diabetes and obesity also lead to occurrence of other chronic problems in the body.
Professor Jonathan Shaw who led the study group maintained that there is a deep link between diabetes and depression. According to the findings in the report, probability of depression in a person suffering from diabetes was 65% more than the one without the disease. Diabetes is mainly caused by unhealthy lifestyle in the Australian people. Professor also added that though people are living longer lives now than before, the quality of life is low and impaired; people are reported with higher rates of chronic diseases now than ever in the recorded history of mankind.
Professor Shaw maintained the view that people suffering from high blood pressure or diabetes themselves learn to manage their lives with these cognitive impairments with time.
The AusDiab study also reported that over the period of 12 years, the average gain in waist circumference was recorded over 5.3 cm. Furthermore, the gain is more in women and children.
Professor Shaw added that most youngsters don’t actually relate the diseases such as diabetes and depression with weight gain. This is the prime cause for them getting afflicted with all kinds of life threatening diseases.
Unlike older says, when youngsters spent time in physical exercises and other kinds of physical actions, adults now keep themselves distanced from such activities.
Today’s youngsters don’t associate weight gain with the risk of developing diseases such as diabetes.
For that reason, it’s very important to educate people about risks associated with weight gain. Sadly, it’s much easier to gain weight than to achieve weight loss.
Inspite of various public education campaigns active in the country, more than third of the population is not ready to devote at least 30 minutes each day in physical exercises. They are not at all serious in strictly following the physical activity guidelines laid down by fitness experts.
It’s high time people realize that obesity remains one of the biggest risks for type-two diabetes.
The research produced some interesting results too. The researchers also measured how much time a person spends in work-out and sitting daily. The results concluded that people generally overestimate the amount of exercise they perform by approximately 50%. Also, they underestimate the total time they spend sitting throughout the day.
Professor Shaw believes that the study will help people in Australia greatly to reconsider their daily routine and work out plans to lead a healthier life.
Some discipline needs to be incorporated in the daily lives of people if the incidents of diabetes and obesity are to be controlled.
It is sad that a Preventive Health Task Force that came up some time back with recommendations to make Australia healthier is sidelined to one corner presently. In order to make Australia a truly healthy nation some tough decisions are needed to be taken. It is surely a difficult job but not impossible by any means.
By Veronica Smith on August 19, 2013
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