Diabetes rate soars

  TOWNSVILLE residents are paying a heavy toll for unhealthy habits with the city recording a 13 per cent increase in type 2 diabetes. Stark new figures from the Heart Foundation show 36.3 per cent of locals are obese, and almost two-thirds are not getting enough daily exercise. Diabetes Queensland recorded 6406 diagnosed type 2 patients in the Townsville local government area in 2013, which has now risen to 7261.
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