And those with two diabetic parents have a one in two chance?
These sobering statistics were highlighted during Diabetes Australia’s recent National Diabetes Week campaign, which alerted people to this ever-increasing chronic condition.
Although people can not change their genetic composition, maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active and healthy eating can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 60 per cent.
It is now widely understood that an effective exercise program can help maintain body weight and promote improvement in insulin action and glucose control.
Weight training has been shown to be at least as effective as more traditional forms of exercise such as walking, with the added benefit of being able to be completed in the privacy of people’s homes, rather than walking around the streets or parks or attending a gymnasium.
In conjunction with Austin Health, RMIT University researchers are investigating the benefits of weight training for people with and without type 2 diabetes.
This research should help identify appropriate weight training guidelines and determine how often you should train to help prevent or treat the condition.
The researchers at RMIT are looking for volunteers to help with this innovative project.
To be eligible, people must be aged between 40 and 69 and not using insulin to treat type 2 diabetes.
Participants will receive a comprehensive and complimentary health evaluation, which includes blood testing, a bone mineral density scan, fitness testing and exercise guidance from an accredited exercise physiologist.
Information of this kind would normally cost more than $400.
(Source: RMIT University: July 2008)