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6 CAMDEN-NARELLAN ADVERTISER Wednesday May 25, 2016 camdenadvertiser.com.au NEWS HEALTH CRISIS Diabolical diabetes data DIABETES BY BEN CHENOWETH IT’S the epidemic sweeping across the world. And Macarthur residents are not immune. Nearly a quarter of patients that presented to Campbell- town Hospital had diabetes, the hospital’s leading dia- betes specialist and head of the Endocrinology Unit, Dr David Simmons, said. Of even greater concern were statistics relating to the disease – that can be poten- tially fatal and lead to feet and leg amputations – were getting worse. “Even though there are strategies in place to improve things the number of people with diabetes is increasing rapidly (through Australia),” he said. “Nearly a quarter of pa- tients in hospitals - certainly in this hospital - have dia- betes, though they may not be here because of diabe- tes directly. “One of the biggest epi- demics is (gestational) dia- betes in pregnancy. “This is not just affecting mums it’s affecting babies IT'S AN EPIDEMIC: Dr David Simmons, head of Campbelltown Hospital's Endocrinology Unit, has issued a dire diabetes warning. Picture: South Western Sydney Local Health District/Jane Dyson who have an increased risk of diabetes and obesity later on. “In this facility about five years ago there were 150 to 200 women who had gesta- tional diabetes. “Last year there were 500. “This is huge – it’s swamp- ing us.” To help combat the dis- ease, the South Western Syd- ney Local Health District will invest $2.25 million over the next three years to research the incidence of diabetes in the local area. The research will look at several areas including: prevention, intervention; and support. Tests will be carried out 48 ROOFING • PATIOS • SHEDS • FENCING • HARDWARE STRATCO FRONTIER CARPORT KIT MONTHS INTEREST FREE WITH NO DEPOSIT!!!* ON OUTBACK PATIOS & GABLE SHEDS Conditions Apply - See below for details. DIY Kits Only. REVERTS TO THE CASH ADVANCE RATE. $59 ANNUAL FEE. MIN. PURCHASE $2000. HORIZON 300 ™ PATIO ROOFING • Heavy duty roof sheeting will keep your car cool all year round. 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Dr Simmons said while healthy diets and regular exercise were obvious ways to prevent obesity and dia- betes, lifestyle and genetics meant there was no overar- ching solution to prevent- ing diabetes. “Having a cultural blame around why people become obese ignores a lot of the rea- sons about why that actually occurs,” he said. “One of the things we’ve learnt is everyone is different. “So the ‘you should do this’ approach is not going to work. “You have to have a prop- er assessment and look at the best way for that person to deal with the issues in their life.” Dr Simmons said resi- dents in Macarthur would be called on soon to participate in research and case studies. 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