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Diabetes Week 2020 - "It's about time"

16th July 2020

This National Diabetes Week ‘it’s about time’ we all took the time. It’s time we took the time to learn the 4Ts; the early warning signs of type 1 diabetes. It also means it’s about time we took the time to get checked for type 2 diabetes.

Life is busy. Work, family, friends, chores, social life. Sometimes we’re so busy running around after everyone else, we don’t take the time to think about our health. For many Australians, putting themselves at the bottom of their ‘to-do list’ puts their health at risk.

This could result in being diagnosed with diabetes too late. This is true for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Not making time for yourself, or time to learn the early warning signs can put you at risk of major life-threatening health problems. Both types of diabetes are more common than you think.

Take the time. You’re important, your family is important, and it’s essential we don’t waste any more time. It’s about time.

It’s about time you made ‘me time’, took time out and put you first. There is no time to lose. The earlier type 2 diabetes is detected, the more lives will be saved.

Many Australians will live with type 2 diabetes for up to seven years before being diagnosed. More than 500,000 Australians are living with silent, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. Although you can develop type 2 diabetes at any age, your risk increases if you are over 40, especially if you are overweight or have a family history of type 2 diabetes.

It’s about time you took the time to get checked. A type 2 diabetes risk check only takes a minute. The earlier people are diagnosed, the more time they have to live well and reduce their risk of complications.

It’s about time you took the time to learn the 4 T’s – the early warning signs. If you see the signs, don’t waste time, see you doctor immediately. Learning the 4 T’s could save a life.

  • Toilet – going to the toilet a lot
  • Tired – unexplained or excessive fatigue
  • Thirsty – a thirst that can’t be quenched
  • Thinner – sudden or unexplained weight loss

Book an appointment to see Ann Bush (Diabetes Educator) at Macedon Ranges Health, 5 Neal Street, Gisborne by calling 5428 0300.

Ann’s areas of focus are diabetes self-management, pre-diabetes, insulin initiation, gestational diabetes and type 1 & 2 diabetes. Click here to read more about Ann.

To read more about Diabetes Week 2020, click here.