Free Diabetes screenings at Southern Cross Club
Diabetes is more common than you think
Every day almost 300 Australians are diagnosed with diabetes, but for many the diagnosis is being made too late, putting them at risk of life threatening or serious health issues. Diabetes NSW & ACT is urging people to learn the signs and symptoms of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes NSW & ACT will be holding free diabetes screenings for Southern Cross Club members on the following dates:
Woden: 9am–2pm Tuesday 10 March
Tuggeranong: 9am–2pm Wednesday 11 March
Jamison: 9am–2pm Thursday 12 MarchDiabetes NSW and ACT staff will be available in the foyers from 9am to 2pm, providing information and offering a free health calculator test to gauge your risk of diabetes. A 15 minute one on one appointment with their specialists will be available to those considered to be at high risk.
Each year, 640 children and adults are admitted to hospital because the early symptoms of Type 1 diabetes – severe fatigue, thirst and weight loss – are not recognised. Type 1 diabetes can be fatal if not diagnosed in time, so making sure the early signs and symptoms are picked up is critical.
On top of this, Type 2 diabetes can be ‘silent’ and occur without any obvious symptoms – there are almost 500,000 people who are living with Type 2 diabetes but don’t know it. If you’re feeling tired, thirsty, going to the bathroom a lot, or have wounds that don’t heal, ask your GP for a diabetes test.
When Type 2 diabetes goes undiagnosed, there is a danger of complications like vision loss and blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage and heart disease.
Diabetes doesn’t discriminate and it’s more common than you think. We don’t want the next person diagnosed to be a friend, or member of your family. Get to know the signs and symptoms of diabetes and if you’re over 40, ask your GP for a test at your next check-up.