The Health News Australia February 26 2018

  • A new study suggests younger-onset type 2 diabetes increases the risk of death from heart attack and stroke. An Australian study has found that the earlier a person is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the higher their risk of dying from heart attack and stroke. The concerning finding has prompted calls for more “aggressive” prevention and intervention to prevent the delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in young people.
  • Victorian children aged under 5 can get free flu vaccinations under a $3.5 dollar program announced by the state government. Families with children aged 6 months to 5 can have their kids vaccinated from May at GPs or community health services, before the onset of the peak flu season. Victoria weathered one of its worst ever flu seasons in 2017.
  • Home & Away star Lynne McGranger features in a new video that calls on older Aussies to embrace their hearing health as an extension of their fitness regime. The video, by Australian Hearing, was launched to mark Hearing Awareness Week. It combines fitness with some of the everyday frustrations experienced by those with hearing difficulties, and is designed to act as trigger to those experiencing the first signs of hearing loss. Research shows older Australians today are generally healthier and more active than their peers 25 years ago.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 26th of February 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://healthtimes.com.au/hub/diabetes/23/news/aap/a-new-study-suggests-younger-type2-diabetes-is-bad-for-the-heart/3196/

A new study suggests younger-onset type two diabetes increases the risk of death from heart attack and stroke. An Australian study has found that the earlier a person is diagnosed with type two diabetes, the higher their risk of dying from heart attack and stroke. The concerning finding has prompted calls for more “aggressive” prevention and intervention to prevent the delay the onset of type two diabetes in young people.

Researchers at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute analysed data of more than seven hundred thousand Australians with type two diabetes who were registered on the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) over a fifteen-year period between nineteen ninety seven and two thousand eleven. The average age at diagnosis was fifty nine years, and a total of one hundred fifteen thousand three hundred sixty three deaths occurred during the study period. The study showed a type two diabetes patient diagnosed ten years earlier than another person of the same age had a fifty percent increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.
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The authors stated that once considered an older persons’ disease, in recent decades the prevalence of type two diabetes in adolescents and young adults has risen “considerably” around the world, driven by rising obesity rates. In two thousand eleven, those diagnosed with the disease aged from ten to thirty nine years accounted for around nine percent of all new cases.
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Professor Jonathan Shaw, Head of Clinical Diabetes Research at the Baker Institute, says the findings also suggest that early and aggressive cardiovascular risk factor management may be needed.

https://www.9news.com.au/health/2018/02/24/10/06/vic-govt-announces-free-flu-shots-for-kids

Victorian children aged under five can get free flu vaccinations under a three point five million dollar program announced by the state government. Families with children aged six months to five can have their kids vaccinated from May at general practitioners or community health services, before the onset of the peak flu season.

Health Minister Jill Hennessy said the government would continue to urge the federal government to expand the national immunisation program to vulnerable groups including children. Victoria weathered one of its worst ever flu seasons in two thousand seventeen.

The state’s opposition labelled the announcement a “half-baked version” of its own policy outlined last year. Shadow Assistant Health Minister Margaret Fitzherbert said the coalition had committed to funding vaccinations over a four-year period, for children aged six months to five years. She said: “What we’ve seen is an on-the-run sort of announcement from the government in which they commit to funding for one year only and have a go at the federal government on the way out.”

https://www.thesenior.com.au/health/listen-up-look-after-your-hearing/

Home & Away star Lynne McGranger features in a new video that calls on older Aussies to embrace their hearing health as an extension of their fitness regime. The video, by Australian Hearing, was launched to mark Hearing Awareness Week. It combines fitness with some of the everyday frustrations experienced by those with hearing difficulties, and is designed to act as trigger to those experiencing the first signs of hearing loss.

Research shows older Australians today are generally healthier and more active than their peers twenty five years ago. However, maintaining hearing fitness isn’t a priority, with people waiting an average of seven years to take a hearing check.

Australian Hearing is on a mission to make good hearing a priority for healthy living by encouraging people to incorporate regular hearing checks in their general health check-ups.
To mark Hearing Awareness Week, it urges adults to visit one of more than six hundred locations across Australia for a free, five-minute hearing check.

Australian Hearing audiologist Janette Thorburn said:”If people consider a hearing check as part of their regular good health regime, like attending a fitness class, testing their blood pressure or getting their eyes checked, the better the outcome will be for them.

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