Thrush infections led to diabetes diagnosis
ZARA Secker, of Armadale, says repeat episodes of thrush led to a diagnosis of diabetes in March.
She is now learning to embrace exercise, avoid sweets and control carbohydrates to improve her health - and it’s working.
“I laugh about it but I say to people that I have thrush to thank for it,” she said.
“I’d had a horrible flu and antibiotics and got thrush that cleared up for a week then came back,” Mrs Secker said.
The 48-year-old mother of two put it down to hormonal changes but the repeat episodes eventually led to debilitating pain which she had her GP investigate.
“I realised if I had anything with sugar it really flared up,” she said.
“I used to have routine diabetes checks but hadn’t for a couple of years so my doctor did a diabetes check.”
But the result came as a shock.
“It was like someone slamming me in the face with a brick,” she said. “It’s kicked me up the butt to look after myself better.”
Mrs Secker’s mother also had type 2 diabetes and died of a heart attack soon after Zara married, so Zara is determined to improve her own health and longevity.
“My biggest challenge at the moment is exercise because I don’t enjoy it,” she said.
She taking Metformin tablets, going to the gym and making required dietary changes which have improved her test results.
“It’s working really well. I’m going to Genesis in Kelmscott and do personal coaching and a program and its been making a difference,” Mrs Secker said.
July 8 to 15 was National Diabetes Week.
Zara Secker, whose mother also had type 2 diabetes, is learning to control her condition with exercise and diet.