Mining diabetes program launched

A Diabetes Australia program has launched targeting type 2 diabetes amongst miners.

Research has found that three quarters of Queensland’s miners have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, the ABC reports.

Diabetes Australia spokesperson Michelle Trute said the program encourages miners to make better food choices and to take half an hour for exercise every day.

She said diabetes preventions needs to go beyond current practices at mining camps and sites.
“More and more a lot of the mining sites actually do already have wellness programs in place," she told the ABC.

"It could just be a very generic let’s just get fit and healthy and eat better.

Trute said miners were targeted as the industry is more at risk than others due to the ‘sedentary nature off the industry".

"What we’re doing is we’re actually targeting the prevention of a specific disease being type 2 diabetes."

Mental health in the mining industry has also been a major focus, with a number of mental wellness programs launched.

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