National Diabetes Week: Check your health

Cooma Community Health Diabetes Educator, Kirsty Herbert is encouraging people to check their health. Photo: Tina Zunic.

Cooma Community Health Diabetes Educator, Kirsty Herbert is encouraging people to check their health. Photo: Tina Zunic.

LOCALS are being urged to check their health this week for National Diabetes Week, July 13-19.

National Diabetes Week is dedicated to increase community awareness of the management of diabetes and its complications.

Kirsty Herbert is the Diabetes Educator at Cooma Community Health and recommends that people visit their GP if they believe they are at risk.

"It's becoming more common because of our lifestyle and can be prevented in most cases," Ms Herbert explained.

"You can visit Diabetes Australia online to do a quick test and see if you're at risk of developing diabetes, but if you can't, it would be best to visit your GP and get tested."

Ms Herbert also encouraged people to maintain a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise to prevent the disease.

"Lead a healthy lifestyle and maintain a healthy weight. Give up smoking, do some sort of physical activity everyday," she said.

"You'd do the same things to prevent heart disease. If you are more at risk because there is a family history or if you're overweight or smoke, you should focus more on having a healthier lifestyle."

To see if you're at risk, visit www. checkmyrisk.org.au or visit your local GP.

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