National Diabetes Week

Alison getting her blood pressure tested
During National Diabetes Week, 13th - 19th July 2008, Sutherland Library will be having 2 Information sessions plus Free Blood Glucose Testing. Visit the Library and find out if you are at risk

Exercise and Diabetes: Monday 14th July 11am - 11.30am
Janet Evans: Physiotherapist

Eating to reduce the risk of Diabetes: Tuesday 15th July 11am - 11.30am
Angela Langton: Dietician

Free Blood Glucose Testing
Kareena Private Hospital/Diabetes Australia will be conducting free blood glucose tests at Sutherland Library 10am - 12noon Monday 14th, Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th July 2008.

Sutherland Shire Libraries also have a wide range of information to support people living with or at risk of Diabetes. For example:

The Reverse Diabetes book: control your blood sugar, repair insulin function and minimise your medication within weeks
by Neal Barnard.
Dr Bernstein's diabetes solution: the complete guide to achieving normal blood sugars by Richard Bernstein.
Downsize me: how to fight diabetes and a heart attack by Michael Smith.

National Diabetes Week will be targeting the entire Australian community. Diabetes is the fastest growing non-infectious disease in the world. For every person who has diabetes there is another person who has it and doesn’t know.

Diabetes is a serious health condition. There is no cure. If left untreated it can cause heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, amputation, and erectile dysfunction. If diagnosed early, diabetes can be effectively managed and the risk of serious health problems greatly reduced.

Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes, can be successfully managed or even prevented by maintaining a healthy weight, engaging in regular physical activity and having healthy eating patterns.