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Diabetes facts

• New Zealand faces an “epidemic” of diabetes, comprising type 1, childhood and teenage onset, and type 2, mainly adult onset diabetes, the latter comprising about 95% of cases.

• Regular, appropriate physical activity, including walking, recommended to counter the onset of type 2 diabetes.

• Care with diet also recommended to counter type 2 diabetes, including eating more vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds.

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