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05 December 2014

World Diabetes Day forum: diabetes does not have to be a ‘life sentence’

A diabetes education expert will on Friday tell a diabetes forum that type 2 diabetes does not have to become a ‘life sentence.’

A diabetes education expert will on Friday tell a diabetes forum that type 2 diabetes does not have to become a ‘life sentence.’

“My message at the ‘Living Well’ forum will be that with healthy diet, regular exercise and a good management plan, people with type 2 diabetes can lead a normal, active life,” said Michelle Darling, Diabetes Nurse at Latrobe Community Health Service.

Latrobe Community Health Service is holding the forum on World Diabetes Day (Friday 14th November) from 10am – 1pm at their offices at 57 Buckley Street, Morwell. Anyone with type 2 diabetes – or who is at risk of diabetes – is welcome to attend.

“About 5% of people in the Latrobe Valley have been told they have type 2 diabetes. Australia-wide, we are increasingly seeing young people with the disease too, which is worrying,” said Ms Darling.

“In the years to come, managing diabetes will become a real burden on our region’s health system. Alongside care and advice for people with type 2 diabetes, we must also act to prevent people getting it in the first place.”

As well as Ms Darling, a dietician, podiatrist, and exercise expert will all speak at the forum, providing practical advice and training on how to manage type 2 diabetes.

“The foundations of managing diabetes are probably not surprising: eat well and exercise regularly. But we also want people to know there is support available. We have a network of experts who can work alongside you, and help you manage the symptoms of type 2 diabetes.”

Bookings and enquiries can be made by calling Latrobe Community Health Service on 1800 242 696.

Diabetes facts

  • 280 Australians develop diabetes every day.
  • Over 100,000 Australians have developed diabetes in the past year.
  • Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia.
  • Almost 1.1 million Australians currently have diagnosed diabetes. This includes 956,000 people with type 2 diabetes.

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