Mater steps out for diabetes awareness
TOWNSVILLE’S Mater Hospital is launching a 10,000 Step challenge to encourage the importance of physical activity during National Diabetes Week.
As the week kicks off on Monday, diabetes educator Elaine Menon will be encouraging staff at the hospital to complete the type 2 diabetes risk assessment tool and offering one- on- one consultations with any worker who has concerns, as well as providing information on healthy eating.
Ms Menon said many people were unaware they had the condition, despite it accounting for 85 per cent of all types of diabetes.
“There are many misconceptions surrounding diabetes, but the fact is anyone can develop diabetes. You don’t have to be old and you don’t have to be overweight,” she said.
“Much of our risk relates to our ethnicity and genetic factors, over which we have no control.”
You can check your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by using the risk assessment tool available at www. diabetesqld. org. au.