Mater steps out for di­a­betes aware­ness

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - LUCY SMITH

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.

GET­TING PHYS­I­CAL: Townsville Mater Hos­pi­tal di­a­betes ed­u­ca­tor Elaine Menon ( Jomelle Jones, who will take part in the 10,000 Step chal­lenge. with staff mem­bers Pam Matthews and Pic­ture: SHAE BEPLATE

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