Health with at­ti­tude

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - By JESS ETHERIDGE

SHORT­LAND Street star Cameron Jones feared di­a­betes would hold him back from liv­ing a fuller life.

‘‘But I’ve learnt with care­ful man­age­ment, and by lead­ing a healthy life­style, di­a­betes does not have to con­trol your life,’’ the Pon­sonby ac­tor says.

Jones por­trays am­bu­lance of­fi­cer Dal­las Adams on the popular tele­vi­sion soap ev­ery week­night and was di­ag­nosed with type 1 di­a­betes at 16.

He says he takes part in adrenalin sports such as surf­ing in or­der to stay healthy.

‘‘Ever since [my di­ag­no­sis] I’ve lived with the con­di­tion the best way I know how – to the fullest.

‘‘If I can make oth­ers aware that all types of peo­ple from all walks of life go through this – and that life can still be what­ever you want it to be – then I will feel like I am do­ing a lit­tle bit to change the per­cep­tion of the con­di­tion,’’ he says.

Jones has joined Di­a­betes New Zealand this year to raise aware­ness about the health is­sue af­fect­ing nearly 250,000 Ki­wis.

Di­a­betes New Zealand says at least 50 more peo­ple are di­ag­nosed with the ill­ness ev­ery day.

‘‘Any­one can get di­a­betes and if it’s not prop­erly man­aged, the con­se­quences can be ex­tremely se­ri­ous,’’ pres­i­dent Chris Baty says.

But care­ful man­age­ment, in­clud­ing tak­ing pre­scribed med­i­ca­tion, eat­ing well and ex­er­cis­ing can help those with di­a­betes live a healthy life, she says.

Type 1 di­a­betes like Jones’ is not pre­ventable but the more common type 2 can be de­layed or even avoided through a healthy diet and be­ing ac­tive, Baty says.

Di­a­betes Aware­ness Week fin­ishes on Mon­day and to­day is World Di­a­betes Day.

A ‘‘blue break­fast’’ was held on Auck­land’s water­front this morn­ing.

Free blue smooth­ies and ce­real pack­ets were handed out.

Di­a­betes New Zealand vol­un­teers will be car­ry­ing out bucket col­lec­tions across the re­gion to­mor­row.

Liv­ing healthy: ac­tor Cameron Jones, of Pon­sonby, was di­ag­nosed with type 1 di­a­betes at age 16.

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