It should not matter if it is Diabetes Week or just any other normal day of the year, everyone should be conscious to have their blood and sugar levels checked every year.
As part of Diabetes Week, which runs from July 8 to 14, Member for Finniss David Basham said it was a must for everyone to visit their doctor and be checked for the medical condition.
“I have a family connection with diabetes as my grandmother suffered from it and I have a first hand understanding of the difficulties and challenges associated with the condition,” Mr Basham said.
“It only takes a prick of the finger to know if you have diabetes. It is important to get tested, so you can be aware if you have it. It is so simple. People may have the symptoms and do not recognise they are symptoms of diabetes.”
Victor Harbor Doctor Graham Mulvihill said symptoms are weight loss and excessive thirst and urination and once detected can be easily managed, if detected early.
“Everyone should get their bloods and sugar levels checked annually. If you respect diabetes as a condition it is very manageable, if you do not, major health problems can occur,” Dr Mulvihill said.
“Diabetes, if neglected, can lead to heart disease, eye disease, kidney disease, loss of circulation, loss of sensation and chronic pain in your feet. I recommend for everyone to take the very simple step each year to have your bloods checked.”
National Diabetes Week raises awareness about the importance of early detection and early treatment for all types of diabetes. Too many Australians are being diagnosed with diabetes too late. The is true for both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. The delay in diagnosis is putting many people at risk of major life threatening health problems.