Sim­ple test will ver­ify di­a­betes

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

This week is Di­a­betes Aware­ness Week.

New Zealand has more than 200,000 di­ag­nosed cases of di­a­betes with a fur­ther 100,000 es­ti­mated to be un­di­ag­nosed.

The con­di­tion con­tin­ues to rise at a rate of more than 8 per cent a year.

Of par­tic­u­lar sig­nif­i­cance to the South Waikato is the fact that Maori and Pa­cific Is­land peo­ple are three times more likely to be af­fected.

Phar­ma­cies or med­i­cal prac­tices have in­for­ma­tion on the con­di­tion and are able to carry out a sim­ple fin­ger prick blood test to check your blood glu­cose lev­els.

Di­a­betes de­vel­ops when the body does not pro­duce enough in­sulin or when it can­not ef­fec­tively use the in­sulin pro­duced. The body needs in­sulin to con­vert food into en­ergy.

Those with a higher risk of de­vel­op­ing di­a­betes are of Euro­pean de­scent over 40, Maori, Pa­cific Is­lan­ders and Asians over 30, any­one over­weight or with high blood pres­sure and high choles­terol.

If you have di­a­betes or sim­ply wish to find out more about the con­di­tion the South Waikato is for­tu­nate to have two sup­port groups.

To con­tact the Pu­taruru/ Ti­rau group phone Ste­wart Gray on 883 1682 or Richard Hes­lop on 883 7599. To get in touch with Toko­roa’s group con­tact Snow West­brooke on 886 1007 or Kath Wilkin­son on 886 0150.

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