On course to man­age di­a­betes

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

IN a first for WA, the Flexit type 1 di­a­betes man­age­ment course will be avail­able in Stir­ling.

Di­ag­nosed with type 1 di­a­betes when he was seven, 21-year-old Kur­tis Hat­ton said the two­day course made him feel re­lieved and in­formed.

“I breathed a sigh of re­lief to be around peo­ple of all ages go­ing through the same thing as me. There was no judg­ment; there is no such thing as per­fect di­a­betes con­trol,” he said.

Course co-or­di­na­tor and di­eti­tian Amy Rush said she trained to teach the type 1 ‘refresher’ course at Baker IDI Heart and Di­a­betes Cen­tre in Melbourne.

“This course is all about how to in­te­grate di­a­betes into your life rather than fit your life around di­a­betes,” she said.

“It was great to train in the course and bring it back over to WA.

“Telethon Type 1 Fam­ily Cen­tre are the

only place in WA who run Flexit (flex­i­ble in­sulin ther­apy).

“We cover ev­ery­thing from what is type 1, car­bo­hy­drate count­ing,

eat­ing out, drink­ing, sick-day man­age­ment and more.”

Ms Rush said the course in­formed par­tic­i­pants about use­ful ipad and iphone apps to man­age their ill­ness.

Mr Hat­ton’s part­ner Court­ney Roy said peo­ple with type 1 from the age of 16 could en­rol in the course and bring a part­ner.

“Be­ing ed­u­cated (about type 1) has helped me help him so if peo­ple are able to bring a part­ner, I would highly rec­om­mend it.”

Kur­tis Hat­ton and Court­ney Roy with Flexit type 1 di­a­betes man­age­ment course co-or­di­na­tor and di­eti­tian Amy Rush (stand­ing).

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