For every adult diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, there is another who goes undiagnosed. The Murrumbidgee Local Health District is pointing the spotlight on this statistic for National Diabetes Week.
Running from July 8 to 14, this year’s theme is ‘It’s About Time’, and will focus the town’s attention on the lifestyle choices that can reduce the risks of developing the disease.
“The main message is that risk of going undiagnosed,” said Junee’s credentialed diabetes educator, Mark Taylor.
“It can lead to great complications in later life to your heart, eye sight, kidneys, and circulation in your feet,”
“This week is about getting people familiar with the signs and symptoms,”
“Increased thirst, going to the toilet a lot, feeling tired or lethargic. If you’re experiencing these, it’s vital to get screened by your GP.”
An estimated six per cent of the national population have the disease, though with many still undiagnosed the actual figure is expected to be about double that.
“Focus on a healthy diet, control weight especially around the tummy, and get more exercise,” Mr Taylor said.
“We want those who have been diagnosed to understand they don’t have to do it on their own.
“In Junee, there are services available to help them, diabetes educators like myself, their GPs, local pharmacies, mental health professionals, pediatricians, and dietitians.”