Di­a­betes di­ag­no­sis a call to ac­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stadiums In The Spotlight - Perth Stadium - By KRISTIE LIM

AN­DREW Walker says a di­a­betes di­ag­no­sis was the “kick in the bum” he needed to quit drink­ing and smok­ing and lose weight.

Mr Walker (42), who works at The Atrium in Perth, was di­ag­nosed with pre-di­a­betes 12 months ago be­fore be­ing di­ag­nosed with type 2 in March.

His col­leagues urged him to see his GP af­ter his long-range vi­sion dropped out at work in March.

Type 2 di­a­betes is a pro­gres­sive con­di­tion where the body still pro­duces some in­sulin but that in­sulin is ei­ther in­ef­fec­tive or there is not enough of it.

Su­bi­aco-based Di­a­betes WA fig­ures showed type 2 ac­counted for 87 per cent of all peo­ple with di­a­betes and those di­ag­nosed with pre-di­a­betes were 15 times more likely to de­velop type 2 di­a­betes.

Mr Walker said he had to change his life­style af­ter be­com­ing a di­a­betic.

“I quit drink­ing al­co­hol a cou­ple of years ago, I quit smok­ing in Jan­uary so I fig­ured next would be los­ing weight,” he said.

“I was 128kg to start with, I have dropped down to 118kg; I’d like to get to about 90kg.”

Mr Walker said his loss of long-range vi­sion was tem­po­rary as it was a “by-prod­uct” of high blood sugar lev­els.

“I went to my gen­eral prac­ti­tioner and ex­plained my symp­toms,” he said. “When they tested my blood sugar, it was at 21mmol/l and it turned out I had de­vel­oped type 2 di­a­betes.”

He said peo­ple who were di­ag­nosed with pre-di­a­betes should get reg­u­lar check-ups and ed­u­ca­tion to pre­vent full di­ag­no­sis.

“Last year, I had torn a muscle in my groin and I went to Fiona Stan­ley Hospi­tal,” he said.

“They took urine and found there was pro­tein in it and they said that I was pre-di­a­betic, which didn’t re­ally mean any­thing to me at the time.

“The term ‘pre-di­a­betic’ didn’t have the im­pact it should have.”

Na­tional Di­a­betes Week is from July 9 to 15.

CHANG­ING a life­style be­cause of a health con­di­tion like type 2 di­a­betes is ad­mirable and in­spir­ing.

Reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, healthy eat­ing and weight re­duc­tion can man­age type 2 di­a­betes.

It takes many sac­ri­fices to quit smok­ing and drink­ing, on top of a com­pletely new diet. While it is dif­fi­cult to deal with a pro­gres­sive con­di­tion, lead­ing a health­ier life is ben­e­fi­cial.

How­ever, there needs to be more ed­u­ca­tion and in­for­ma­tion avail­able for pre-di­a­bet­ics.

If pre-di­a­betes was taken more se­ri­ously, then the high per­cent­age of peo­ple devel­op­ing type 2 af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with pre-di­a­betes would drop.

Whether it be pre­vent­ing di­ag­no­sis or man­ag­ing it af­ter di­ag­no­sis, it is im­por­tant to pay at­ten­tion to de­tail to en­sure the con­di­tion does not worsen over time.

More peo­ple should fol­low the foot­steps of An­drew Walker to im­prove their life­style for bet­ter health in the long run.

Kristie Lim, reporter

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d471216

Bed­ford res­i­dent An­drew Walker had a dra­matic type 2 di­a­betes di­ag­no­sis when he sud­denly lost long-range vi­sion at work.

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