Turning the tables on diabetes

14 Jul 2015

This National Diabetes Week (12-18 July), Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) experts are encouraging the community to take action and reduce the risk of getting the disease.

Western Sydney is a hot-spot for diabetes, with 200,000 residents diagnosed and many at significant risk of developing it.

WSLHD endocrinologist, Professor Glen Maberly said that making small changes to your lifestyle can delay or even prevent most cases.

“Moderate weight loss and physical activity can make a huge difference.

“I encourage everyone to sign up to the NSW Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service to obtain free telephone-based expert advice.

 “You should also speak with your doctor about the disease and ask for a quick and easy test. A large number of people don’t know they have it.”

 The NSW Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service provides one-off dietary and lifestyle advice or a six month program including ten coaching calls.

Professor Glen Maberly offers a quick and easy diabetes test

Professor Glen Maberly offers WSROC president Tony Hadchiti a quick and easy diabetes test.

In response to the growing diabetes epidemic affecting Western Sydney, WSLHD and Western Sydney Primary Health Network are developing a wide-ranging program.

 The Western Sydney Diabetes Prevention and Management Initiative Plan is a multi-agency partnership, comprising the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), local government, developers, schools, universities, and other groups, to prevent and slow the progression of the disease.

 LIVE FACEBOOK CHAT: To help inform residents about how to prevent and manage the disease, a live chat will be held on the Western Sydney Local Health District Facebook page on Wednesday July 15 2015 from 7.30 – 8pm. Visit http://www.fb.com/westernsydneyhealth to join the conversation!

 For more information about the NSW Get Health Information and Coaching telephone service visit http://http://www.gethealthynsw.com.au/ or call 1300 806 258.