Front row from left, John Weier, Zelma Day, Leonie Byrnes. Back Row from left: Marijke Tinley, Kerry Derix, Olga Greaves, Colleen Weier, Karin Lategan (dietitian and credentialled diabetes educator). Absent graduate: Caroline Riley.
Front row from left, John Weier, Zelma Day, Leonie Byrnes. Back Row from left: Marijke Tinley, Kerry Derix, Olga Greaves, Colleen Weier, Karin Lategan (dietitian and credentialled diabetes educator). Absent graduate: Caroline Riley.

Learn to control your diabetes

A NEW graduate of a diabetes education program available in Hervey Bay and Maryborough has recommended the course to others with the illness.

The five-week education program is designed to teach people with Type 2 diabetes how to manage their illness more effectively.

Fraser Coast Health Service credited diabetes educator Karin Lategan said it taught patients strategies for managing cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose levels through diet, exercise and self-monitoring.

“Our main aim is to empower the patients so they know how to manage it, and they can actually prevent or prolong the onset of long-term complications,” she said.

“In the end they can take responsibility for their condition rather than their doctor taking the responsibility.”

The incidence of diabetes in Wide Bay is the highest in Queensland, with six per cent of the population affected, almost two per cent higher than the state average.

Ms Lategan said the prevalence of diabetes, combined with the lack of specialists, made education courses all the more important.

“We don’t really have access yet to specialist people in diabetes like endocrinologists. People need to get the information from somewhere,” she said.

Olga Greaves, a recent graduate, said since she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes eight years ago, she had not known how to handle her diet and blood sugar levels effectively.

She said the course taught her how to monitor her diet and exercise in a way that was easy to understand.

“It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done for my diabetes,” she said.

“I’m more conscious of what I’m doing and how I cook.”

Ms Greaves said the course gave her the confidence to manage her diabetes, as well as putting her in contact with others in the community who had the same illness.

Structured patient education programs for people with Type 2 diabetes runs until November this year and can be undertaken in Hervey Bay and Maryborough.



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