People with diabetes account for almost 10,000 hospitalisations for stroke each year in Australia - about one in four nationally.
The data, based on research by Diabetes Australia has prompted the health organisation to remind the more than 1.4 million Australians living with diabetes about their risk of stroke and what they can do to reduce it.
Diabetes Australia chief executive Greg Johnson said National Stroke Week (August 2-8) was an important time to remind people with diabetes about their risk of stroke and to take steps to reduce their risk.
"A stroke can have a major impact on your life. Not only are strokes a leading cause of death in Australia but strokes can also cause a range of disabilities including loss of mobility, impaired speech and cognitive problems," said Professor Johnson.
"I'd encourage all people with diabetes to talk to their diabetes healthcare team about reducing their risk of stroke.
"The number one thing to do is to stay on top of your diabetes management and ensure your glucose levels are as well managed as possible.
Professor Johnson said there were simple things people with diabetes could do to reduce their risk of having a stroke.
"Blood pressure is also important. Keep it as close to target range as you can.
"Making healthy food choices, including limiting foods that are high in saturated fat and salt, as well as getting regular physical activity are very important and if you smoke this is a good week to quit," said Professor Johnson.
"If your weight is above your healthy weight range, losing even a small amount of weight may help reduce your blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol levels.
"Above all talk to your GP. If you are isolating at home because of COVID, you can still make an appointment with your GP via telehealth.
"Your GP can help with weight loss, managing your blood pressure, helping you to quit smoking and there are new treatments that can also play an important role in reducing your risk of stroke and other cardiovascular conditions."
For more information on reducing stroke risk: www.diabetesaustralia.com.au
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