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Learn how to manage diabetes at a free community session

09 November 2016

A local health service is inviting Latrobe Valley residents to attend a free community session about managing their risk of diabetes in conjunction with World Diabetes Day.

A local health service is inviting Latrobe Valley residents to attend a free community session about managing their risk of diabetes in conjunction with World Diabetes Day.

The free ‘Living Well with Diabetes’ session will be held at Latrobe Community Health Service’s Morwell centre in Buckley Street on Monday, 14 November 2016, from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

“People attending the session will hear from a diabetes educator, dietitian, dentist, as well as a hearing specialist,” said Nicolina Lowe, Chronic Disease Management care coordinator at Latrobe Community Health Service.

“Diabetes is one of the biggest health problems in the community.

“There are four main risk factors for diabetes – lack of exercise, unhealthy eating, being overweight or obese, and family history. Only the last factor is out of your control – everything else can be prevented or managed.”

Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, heart disease, kidney failure, and lower-limb amputation.

The International Diabetes Federation estimates that there are currently 415 million adults in the world with diabetes, and this figure is expected to rise to 640 million by 2040.

This World Diabetes Day on 14 November, the focus is on the loss of eyesight due to diabetes.

“Everyone with diabetes is at risk of losing their eyesight,” said Ms Lowe.

“Almost half the adult population with diabetes is undiagnosed. In most cases, they have type 2 diabetes which is influenced by lifestyle, whereas type 1 diabetes is not.

“Screening for type 2 diabetes is important to ensure early diagnosis and treatment.”

To register to attend the Living Well with Diabetes session, phone Nicki Lowe or Karyn Thomas at Latrobe Community Health Service on 1800 242 696.