Doctor helping battle diabetes
A COFFS Harbour specialist is on a mission to reduce the rate of one of the city's most common silent killers.
Endocrinologist Dr Sultan Linjawi is determined to help people in Coffs Harbour beat diabetes.
"In Coffs Harbour, nearly one in 10 people have diabetes, and nearly one in three have borderline diabetes," Dr Linjawi said.
"Anyone heavier than me, and I'm 10kg over my recommended weight, is at risk."
He runs a diabetes centre with his wife in Murdoch St, but after a talk at Terry White Pharmacy this week he said most people left treatment too late.
"It's a painless disease so many people leave it until it is quite severe. The thing is, it's much easier to beat if it is treated early," he said.
Dr Linjawi recommends reducing plate sizes and making sure half of your plate is filled with foods that don't contain sugar.
"These are things like green vegetables, but avoid potato and sweet potato as they contain starch," he said.
"Just doing something as simple as that can change things dramatically."
One of those who attended the talk was Dorothy Bailey-Noone.
With the doctor's help Mrs Bailey-Noone completely reversed her severe diabetes.
"She's one of our champions," Dr Linjawi said.
"It's a great credit to her that she's made the appropriate changes to drastically improve her health."
Terry White Pharmacy chemist Tracy Watson said Dr Linjawi's talk was part of Diabetes Awareness Week.
"We offer a whole spectrum of health care and will definitely hold more talks like this," Ms Watson said.