COROWA is one of three southern Riverina shires showing a dramatic increase in the number of people with diabetes.
The Australian Diabetes Council ranks the Urana Shire as the sixth fastest growing region for the killer disease, Berrigan at No. 10 and Corowa No. 14 of 131 council areas.
A diabetes council study shows the growth of diabetes is greatest in the country — the NSW top-10 is dominated by regional centres.
Those least affected are likely to be on Sydney’s affluent north shore and northern beaches.
Albury ranked 82 state and Greater Hume, 72.
Diabetes is expected to soon be Australia’s biggest killer disease.
And Berrigan has shown a direct correlation between the increase in diabetes and heart disease.
The Diabetes Council’s research, based on health surveys and the latest census data, shows areas with high rates of diabetes also have some of the highest rates of cardiovascular disease.
Council chief Nicola Stokes said the government and community must act together to curb tackle the disease which has been growing at 8 per cent a year in NSW since 2000.
“About 290 Australians are diagnosed with diabetes every day” she said.
“There is a direct relationship between diabetes and heart disease in our towns and suburbs.
“We must align services in these areas.
“It is also a warning sign that each individual must to pay attention to their own risks and health.
“People with diabetes are two to four times more likely to suffer cardiovascular disease.
“A US study found diabetes shortened the life expectancy of a 40-year- old by eight years.
“We have to act together to ensure people can live long and healthy lives.”
There were no figures for Victorian councils.
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