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Get tested this National Diabetes Week

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Media release, 8 July 2018

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) is calling on Western Sydney residents to get tested for diabetes this National Diabetes Week (8 – 14 July).


WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “Unfortunately type 2 diabetes is especially common in Western Sydney, with rates 2-3 times higher than Sydney’s coastal suburbs.

“Diabetes can have huge impacts on individuals and their families. But the good news is that it is preventable and can be well-managed if caught early.

“Everybody is entitled to one free diabetes test per year under Medicare, so make sure you ask your doctor next time you are in for a check-up,” said Cr Bali.

“It is estimated that around 500,000 Australians are living with undiagnosed diabetes, which is why it is important to get tested – especially if you are over 40 years old.

“If left undiagnosed, diabetes can cause serious damage to your body including: blindness, kidney damage, limb amputation and heart attacks,” he said.

“The sooner someone is diagnosed with diabetes, the easier it is to manage and the healthier they will be.”

“Testing will also let your doctor know whether you have a higher risk of developing diabetes in future and can help you take steps to prevent it.

“It’s time to get tested this National Diabetes Week. The results will either give you piece of mind, or the medical support you need,” said Cr Bali.

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