Monday, July 14, 2008

Live Healthy To Beat Diabetes National Diabetes Week: 13 - 19 July Australia

“The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) is urging Australians to adopt a healthier lifestyle against the backdrop of National Diabetes Week. The awareness raising event runs from 13 - 19 July. ‘General practitioners are often the first point of contact in the health system for people with Type 2 diabetes. The complexity of treatment for this common disease requires systematic care from the practice team and the timely referral to community and hospital based specialists,’ said Dr Linda Mann, GP from Sydney and member of the college's diabetes guidelines editorial committee. ‘Type 2 diabetes - the most common form of diabetes - is a chronic condition which can result in disability and early death. However, Type 2 diabetes can be successfully managed or even prevented by maintaining a healthy weight, engaging in regular physical activity and having healthy eating patterns,’ said Dr Mann. ‘National Diabetes week presents a great opportunity for GPs to talk with their patients about diabetes. We can take this opportunity to provide advice on staying fit, undertaking regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight and adopting a healthy diet,’ said Dr Mann.”

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