Thrush in­fec­tions led to di­a­betes di­ag­no­sis

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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.

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