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Wednesday August 2, 2017

Are you at risk from diabetes? Diabetes is a disease where your body can’t control your blood sugar properly. Over time, this can lead to complications such as heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage and damage to your feet. Diabetes is on the increase. According to Diabetes New Zealand, the number of us living with the disease doubled from 125,000 to 250,000 between 2005 and 2015. Poor diet, sedentary lifestyles and increasing rates of obesity are major contributing factors. Conversely, more than half of the most common form of diabetes is preventable or at least can be delayed by pursuing a healthy lifestyle. Symptoms The symptoms of diabetes can include feeling tired, feeling thirsty, going to the toilet often, getting infections frequently, infections that take a long time to heal, blurred vision, tingling and numbness in the feet, mood changes, weight loss, and feeling hungry often. These symptoms sometimes go unnoticed as the disease can develop very gradually. If you have any of these symptoms, discuss them with your doctor, who can organise blood tests to check for diabetes. Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Type 1 diabetes is the least common form of the disease, and most often affects children. While it cannot be prevented, it can be managed by taking insulin to correct blood sugar levels, along with healthy food choices and exercise.

OUT& Hutt Winter Festival about arrives in Wainui Photos: DIONNE WARD

The Hutt Winter Festival has been and gone but has left the people of Wainuiomata feeling warm and upbeat. Holy Trinity Church and Wainuiomata Library hosted two events during the 10-day

festival: Al Capone’s Soup Kitchen and Beats and Rhythms for Families. The pop-up soup kitchen presented locals with an interesting step back in time. Beats and Rhythms for Families on the

other hand will be a practical workshop in percussion, musical counting, listening and nonverbal communication based on rhythms from around the world. Both events were held on July 15.

Thomas LaHood and his two boys Geronimo and Casper.

Type 2 diabetes is the more common form of the disease. A higher risk of developing it is found among Maori, Pacific and Asian peoples, and those with diabetes in their family. If you’re also overweight, have high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels, then a general medical check-up is recommended. Diabetes cannot be cured, but earlier detection can lead to better control and management of the condition and an improved outcome. “Along with medicines from your doctor, a healthy diet, getting plenty of physical exercise and losing weight is important,” Clive says.

Clive’s Chemist, 20-21 Queen Street, Wainuiomata. (04) 564 8618 • •

Andreas Lepper: leading the class at Beats and Rhythms for Families. Tarn Carew enjoying Beats and Rhythms for Families.

Riko Taingahue from Te Rangatahi Learning Centre hosts guests at the Al Capone’s Soup Kitchen.

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