New research into chronic disease has revealed that most Australians have at least one preventable risk factor.
A report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) on March 27 has indicated that diet and exercise are two of the most common risk factors.
According to the national agency, over 90 per cent of Australians are failing to consume the recommended amount of vegetables each day – and only half of adults consume enough fruit.
"This is important because we know that people with low fruit and vegetable intake have higher risks of chronic diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes," AIHW spokesperson Ann Hunt said.
Also adding to the startling survey results is the discovery that around 60 per cent of Australians do not do enough physical activity to gain sufficient health benefits.
Some private health insurance policyholders may have access to wellbeing programs that incorporate advice on diet and exercise, helping to reduce the risk of chronic disease.
The research – published in the AIHW's Risk factors contributing to chronic disease report – revealed that 17 per cent of men and 11 per cent of women currently have five or more risk factors.