FINGER PRICK: Diane Melnyczenko took advantage of free glucose testing at Palms Shopping with Peggy Reehorst of the local diabetes support group.
FINGER PRICK: Diane Melnyczenko took advantage of free glucose testing at Palms Shopping with Peggy Reehorst of the local diabetes support group.

Shoppers get information injection

SHOPPERS took advantage of the opportunity to test their blood sugar levels as well as gain information about managing diabetes at an information stand in Palms Shopping Coffs Harbour during Diabetes Awareness Week.

Among those seeking advice was local woman Diane Melnyczenko, who was only diagnosed with diabetes a week ago.

During testing for an unrelated condition, Diane had a urine test which showed glucose and further tests confirmed she has diabetes.

When the Palms Shopping test showed glucose levels were still very high, Diane indicated she was still coming to terms with managing her diabetes.

At the Palms Shopping information display the key messages for the public on managing life with diabetes were the importance of portion sizes, the need for people to become more active and to ensure they eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables.

More than 2500 diabetics live on the Coffs Coast and many services are available to support people to manage their diabetes, including a support group. Anyone interested in knowing more about services and support available should contact Elsie Langford, a local publicity and marketing spokesperson on diabetes, on 6651 6123.

Online information is also available at www.australiandiabetescouncil.com.

 

 

This survey will not hurt

 

WHILE a simple blood test is used to diagnose diabetes, a new survey is proving a great way of alerting people as to whether they are at risk of the disease.

The Mid North Coast Division of General Practice (MNCDCP) is urging local residents to use the AUSDRISK tool, which is a simple questionnaire at their local general practice, to identify if they have lifestyle habits associated with type two diabetes.

MNCDGP medical director, Dr Helena Johnston, said the survey was a great first step for patients to at least rule out their potential risk or to start dealing with the risk if the results indicated otherwise.

“The AUSDRISK questionnaire will identify areas associated with age, diet and lifestyle that may increase a patient’s risk of developing the disease,” Dr Johnston said.

To find out about your risk go to www.newleaseoflife.com.au.



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