Simple test will verify diabetes
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.