Take control of your diabetes

Published July 03 2018

In the lead up to National Diabetes Week (8 - 14 July), people with diabetes are encouraged to take part in a local, low-cost education program to take control of their health.

It follows a 2018 report from National Diabetes Services Scheme that found 30 percent of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are under 60 years of age.

Diabetes educator at Merri Health Joanne Hardy said that the program gives people real life skills to juggle diabetes and avoid complications.

“Information is broken into four sessions and covers treatment options, how to prevent complications, healthy eating, reading food labels and foot care.

“Diabetes can go undetected for many years with no symptoms, and contribute to kidney damage, heart attack, stroke and blindness,” said Joanne.

During the sessions, participants have access to a diabetes educator, dietitian and exercise physiologist.

Moreland’s health and wellbeing profile 2017 shows the area still has high rates of type 2 diabetes with many hospitalised from complications.

The next group program begins on 17 August.

Book into the program calling 1300 637 744 or email Service.Access@merrihealth.org.au