Sup­port is im­por­tant, and so are the muffins

Central and North Burnett Times - - SOCIALS -

THE Biggen­den Di­a­betes Sup­port Group has proven to be an as­set to its mem­bers even in the first six months since its for­ma­tion.

Di­a­betes ed­u­ca­tor Melinda McIn­tyre said it was im­por­tant for each of the mem­bers to en­cour­age each other.

“I have found the Biggen­den group to be par­tic­u­larly friendly,” she said.

Com­mu­nity nurse Lyn Heaton said sup­port groups were im­por­tant, as di­a­betes was be­com­ing a com­mon disease.

“There have been some good speak­ers at our monthly meet­ings who have en­cour­aged the mem­bers to eat healthily and not eat fast foods that are laid on to­day,” she said.

Phil Pow­ell said a sup­port group was ex­tremely ben­e­fi­cial.

“It is good to know you are not suf­fer­ing alone,” he said.

Mem­ber Eva Pa­ton said in her fam­ily of eight, five of her sib­lings had di­a­betes.

“I love be­ing part of the sup­port group, as I like talk­ing and am able to ask ques­tions or phone some­one if I have a prob­lem,” she said.

“But more im­por­tantly, we share and swap muffins. The ap­ple and bran muffins were de­li­cious.”

Mun­dub­bera Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion’s John Sharp, of Mun­dub­bera, also en­cour­aged any­one with di­a­betes to look at at­tend­ing a sup­port group in their town.

The Biggen­den group meets on the last Fri­day of the month in the con­fer­ence room of Biggen­den Place.

“Gayn­dah and Eidsvold also have groups which are run by Queens­land Health,” he said.

A vis­it­ing di­a­betic ed­u­ca­tor can be con­tacted through Monto Fam­ily Prac­tice on 4166 1212.

Photo: Contributed

SUP­PORT­ING EACH OTHER: Mem­bers of the Biggen­den Di­a­betes Sup­port Group en­joy a Christ­mas party in Lions Park.

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