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Men In Regional Areas Most At Risk Of Developing Chronic Diseases

Men In Regional Areas Most At Risk Of Developing Chronic Diseases

Two thirds of Australian adults have at least three or more risk factors associated with three of the most common chronic diseases, with men living in regional areas the most at risk.

According to a new report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW),  two in three adults are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes or chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Sushma Mathur from the AIHW said the findings of the report were worrying.

“For people with diabetes nearly all adults (94%) had 3 or more risk factors, and for CVD and CKD 84% and 77%, respectively, had 3 or more risk factors,’ Ms Mathur said.

“Risk factors are behaviours or characteristics that increase the likelihood of developing a particular disease, and people with more than one risk factor are at greater risk,” .

The report says that smoking, physical inactivity, poor nutrition and the harmful use of alcohol are all high risk factors for developing CVD, diabetes or CKD.

According to the report, “…almost all adults (95%) did not consume recommended amounts of 2 serves of fruit and 5 serves of vegetables and almost two-in-three were overweight or obese (63%). Further, over half (56%) were inactive or insufficiently active, 32% had high blood pressure, 33% high blood cholesterol and 16% smoked daily.”

Ms Mathur said that, “Generally, men, people living in outer regional and remote areas and people in low socioeconomic groups had higher rates of risk factors.”

“The good news is that most of these risk factors are modifiable, or can be controlled to help reduce the risk of developing these chronic diseases.”

 

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AMSJ April 2022