Over 257,000 New Zealander’s are now officially diagnosed with diabetes according to the Virtual Diabetes Register figures recently released by the Ministry of Health. This makes diabetes one of New Zealand’s largest and fastest growing health issue. There are still an estimated one in four New Zealander’s who are thought to have pre-diabetes.
Those with diabetes are also at risk of serious health complications such as; heart attack, stroke, kidney and nerve damage and even blindness and no one is immune to diabetes, it can strike at any time, any age, any one.
This year, World Diabetes Day falls on November 14 and Diabetes NZ is planning “Diabetes Action Month” a publicity driven campaign that involves nationwide activity throughout November 2015. The two central themes are ‘everyone is at risk of developing diabetes’ and ‘physical activity and healthy food choices can help prevent or delay type 2 and manage type 1’. Research shows the benefits of 30 minutes a day of physical activity can help people maintain their weight, lower possible heart disease risk and help control blood sugar levels in diabetics along with controlling high blood pressure.
Check out what is happening in your area during Action Month.