PRO­GRAM HELPS PRE­VENT DI­A­BETES

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - Emily Ace

A Bun­bury cou­ple is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple at risk of de­vel­op­ing type 2 di­a­betes to join a free pre­ven­tion pro­gram run ex­clu­sively in the South West, in recog­ni­tion of World Di­a­betes Day last week.

Run by Di­a­betes WA, Let’s Pre­vent is a free health pro­gram held in Bun­bury, Bus­sel­ton, Har­vey, Col­lie and Capel, which helps adults “walk away” from a fu­ture di­ag­no­sis of type 2 di­a­betes, heart dis­ease or stroke.

The pro­gram sup­ports par­tic­i­pants with prac­ti­cal in­for­ma­tion, skills and sup­port to en­able pos­i­tive life­style changes.

Chris­tine Row­land­son was prompted to join the pro­gram with hus­band Neill when she no­ticed her blood glu­cose lev­els ris­ing.

“Neill al­ready lives with type 2 di­a­betes and I don’t wish to go there,” she said.

“The pro­gram re­ally brought home the need to do some­thing now, be­fore it is too late.

“They ask you to set your own goals, and for me, ex­er­cise is my thing.

“Now I make sure I do some­thing ev­ery sin­gle day.”

Mrs Row­land­son said she had lost 3kg since at­tend­ing the ses­sion on Oc­to­ber 20 and praised the pre­sen­ters who con­tin­ued to check in af­ter the pro­gram.

Di­a­betes WA pre­ven­tion man­ager Al­isha Miles said risks sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased if a fam­ily mem­ber had type 2 di­a­betes, up to as much as 50 per cent if both par­ents had the con­di­tion.

“In Bun­bury and Bus­sel­ton, roughly 77 per cent of the adult pop­u­la­tion has at least one of the four key be­havioural risk fac­tors as­so­ci­ated with the devel­op­ment of these con­di­tions,” she said.

“That means they smoke or they con­sume an un­healthy amount of al­co­hol, are obese or they en­gage in lit­tle to no phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.

“In Col­lie and Har­vey, that fig­ure jumps to 86 per cent.”

The next Bun­bury ses­sions will be held on Novem­ber 21, De­cem­ber 5 and 13. Capel will host a ses­sion on Novem­ber 28 and Har­vey on De­cem­ber 6. Visit di­a­beteswa.com.au/let­spre­vent/ for more in­for­ma­tion.

Pic­ture: Emily Ace

Let’s Pre­vent pro­gram par­tic­i­pants Chris­tine and Neill Row­land­son con­tinue to make progress af­ter learn­ing how to set goals and live a health­ier life­style.

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