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25 June 2015

Diabetes brings a healthier outlook on life

For 58-year-old Martin Clements, a regular visit to the doctor four years ago took a turn for the worse when a blood test revealed he had type 2 diabetes.

Martin Clements, LCHS client
Martin Clements

For 58-year-old Martin Clements, a regular visit to the doctor four years ago took a turn for the worse when a blood test revealed he had type 2 diabetes.

“I wasn’t happy. I thought I was bulletproof,” says Martin. “I thought, ‘all of a sudden I’ve got a disease.’”

Martin decided to take a positive attitude towards his diagnosis.

“After a day of thinking about it, it became more ‘okay I’ve got it, it’s not a death sentence’. So I sought out the correct advice and did something about it,” he says.

“My doctor referred me to meet with the Latrobe Community Health Service dietician, Emily, on a regular basis.  They have both provided advice on my diet and exercise. As a result my diabetes is quite manageable.”

Martin says that most of his diabetes management now is a brisk walk every morning, and lots of vegetables.

“I love vegetables. Love them. Which is just as well,” he says.

July 12-18 is National Diabetes Awareness Week. 280 people develop diabetes every day in Australia.

Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed in up to 58 per cent of cases through early detection and lifestyle modification.

As well as dieticians, Latrobe Community Health Service offers a diabetes nurse, diabetes prevention courses, diabetes education programs and diabetes support groups.

To learn more, call 1800 242 696 or visit lchs.com.au/services/diabetes-chronic-disease-management/diabetes