Con­di­tion in spot­light

Phar­macy urges people to as­sess risk fac­tors dur­ing Di­a­betes Aware­ness Week

Central and North Burnett Times - - DIABETES WEEK -

De­creas­ing risk fac­tors and fol­low­ing a healthy life­style are the best way to de­crease your chances.

WITH more than 100,000 Aus­tralians de­vel­op­ing di­a­betes in the past year, Monto Phar­macy has joined the na­tion­wide Di­a­betes Week cam­paign to raise aware­ness about the na­tion’s fastest grow­ing chronic con­di­tion.

De­spite its rapid spread, up to half of the cases of Type 2 di­a­betes re­main un­di­ag­nosed and there­fore un­treated.

“Di­a­betes is marked by high lev­els of su­gar (glu­cose) in the blood and oc­curs when the body is un­able to main­tain nor­mal blood su­gar lev­els,” Kate Ryan, of Monto Phar­macy, said.

“This can oc­cur when a per­son no longer pro­duces in­sulin, in Type 1 di­a­betes, or doesn’t pro­duce enough or re­spond well enough to in­sulin, in Type 2 di­a­betes.”

People with un­con­trolled di­a­betes have a higher risk of de­vel­op­ing heart dis­ease, stroke, high blood pres­sure, circulation prob­lems, lower limb am­pu­ta­tions, nerve dam­age and dam­age to the kid­neys and eye­sight, Mrs Ryan said.

De­spite these wor­ry­ing out­comes, it’s es­ti­mated 60% of type 2 di­a­betes can be pre­vented.

“De­creas­ing risk fac­tors and fol­low­ing a healthy life­style are the best way to

Kate Ryan, Monto Phar­macy

de­crease your chances,” Mrs Ryan said.

“Reg­u­lar re­views with a doc­tor are im­por­tant for en­sur­ing best health out­comes.”

Monto Phar­macy is an agent for the Na­tional Di­a­betes Ser­vices Scheme (NDSS).

The NDSS de­liv­ers some di­a­betes re­lated prod­ucts at sub­sidised prices and pro­vides in­for­ma­tion and sup­port ser­vices to people with di­a­betes.

Reg­is­tra­tion is free and open to all Aus­tralians di­ag­nosed with di­a­betes.

Na­tional Di­a­betesWeek is the per­fect re­minder to take a few mo­ments to as­sess your risk of di­a­betes, or if you have al­ready been di­ag­nosed with di­a­betes, to make sure your con­di­tion and other risk fac­tors are un­der con­trol.

The team at Monto Phar­macy will be more than happy to as­sist you.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

DSTAY HEALTHY: Di­a­betes is marked by a high lev­els of su­gar.

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