Health alarm

HEALTH EMERGENCY: University of SA researcher Dr Matthew Leach calls on Limestone Coast residents to improve their lifestyle habits to boost health outcomes. Picture: SANDRA MORELLO

A UNPRECEDENTED health snapshot has revealed potentially alarming levels of high blood pressure among the Limestone Coast’s population, which is a major risk factor for heart disease.

The ground-breaking study – undertaken by University of South Australia health researchers – shows a staggering one in three people in the region have high blood pressure/hypertension.

This statistic is compelling given the state average is one in 10 people.

The findings, unveiled at the university’s campus in Mount Gambier by lead investigator Dr Matthew Leach, also show high levels of depression, anxiety, sleep disorders and allergies across


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