World Diabetes Day: 14 November
November 11, 2019
14 November is World Diabetes Day. Type 2 diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, amputation, heart disease, kidney failure and early death.
Are you at risk?
People at a higher risk of getting type 2 diabetes:
- a family history of diabetes
- 55 years + – risk increases as we age
- 45 years + and overweight and/or high blood pressure
- over 35 years and from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background
- over 35 years and from Pacific Island, Indian subcontinent or Chinese cultural background
- women who have given birth to a child over 4.5 kgs (9 lbs) or had gestational diabetes or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
Check your risk online via the Diabetes Australia Risk Calculator
If you are aged between 45 and 49 you can take a health assessment with one of our practice nurses and a GP.
Health assessments establish your risk of developing diabetes or other chronic health condition. They also determine any lifestyle changes or other measures that will help prevent or delay the onset of chronic disease.
Book your 45 -49 years health assessment by contacting reception on 4284 4622.
This assessment is funded by Medicare and incurs no out of pocket expenses.
Reduce your risk
People at risk of type 2 diabetes can delay and even prevent the condition by:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Regular physical activity
- Making healthy food choices
- Managing blood pressure
- Managing cholesterol levels
- Not smoking.