Know the Score on type 2 diabetes
Diabetes Queensland is thrilled to be partnering with Bicycle Queensland and the Heart Foundation for the Santos GLNG Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge.
As a not-for-profit charity, Diabetes Queensland depends on fundraising and philanthropic support to deliver on-the-ground services that help people with diabetes, their families and communities.
Although type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented, type 2 diabetes can be avoided or delayed through healthy eating, maintaining a healthy weight and regular physical activity.
If type 2 diabetes continues to rise at current rates, up to 3 million Australians over the age of 25 years will have diabetes by the year 2025 – driven by rising obesity, the ageing population, dietary changes, and sedentary lifestyles*.
Funds raised from this year’s event will support our new Know the Score community speakers program, which aims to raise the awareness about the risk factors of type 2 diabetes and how it can be prevented.
*The 2012 Diabetes Australia report Diabetes: The silent pandemic and its impact on Australia says obesity is a major contributor to type 2 diabetes, with estimates showing that eliminating obesity from the population can potentially reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes by over 40 per cent.