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  • Diabetes Queensland is encouraging shift workers to assess their risk of type 2 diabetes after a new study found they were more likely to develop the disease.  

     

    The international study, published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, claims the disruptions to a shift worker's body clock could affect waistlines, hormones and sleep which all contribute to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

     

    Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute said the research highlighted how important it was for shift workers to take steps to reduce their individual risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

     

    "Researchers found the overall risk of developing type 2 diabetes among all shift workers was nine per cent higher than people working 9-5 office jobs," Ms Trute said.

     

    "However, for men doing shift work the risk of developing the disease increased by 34 per cent.

     

    "If the roster involves working different parts of a 24-hour cycle, then it raises the risk of type 2 diabetes by 42 per cent compared to people working a fixed shift pattern.

     

    "We are encouraging all shift workers to put their health first by visiting the Diabetes Queensland website and taking a free risk assessment."

  • 50,000 Queenslanders are missing out on vital education that is putting them at a higher risk of limb amputations, blindness and other debilitating complications associated with diabetes.

     

    Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute marked National Diabetes Week (13-19 July) by encouraging health services to collaborate to ensure people receive consistent and credible education across all of Queensland to manage the condition and avoid complications.

     

    "Unmanaged diabetes is a ticking time bomb and when it goes off it can lead to blindness, limb amputation, kidney disease and other potentially fatal conditions," Ms Trute said.

     

    "Diabetes can lead to serious, and ultimately, fatal complications and it is critical people are aware of what they need to do to manage the condition.

     

    "Diabetes Queensland's research has found more than 25 per cent of Queenslanders with diabetes, or around 50,000 people, have never received the kind of structured education required to ensure they have the skills and knowledge to manage this complex condition."

     

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  • A majority of Aussie adults are eating biscuits and cakes more than they are eating fruit.


    While 58 per cent of adults are eating fruit every day, 68 per cent are opting for biscuits and cakes, according to results from a recent Australian Health Survey.

     

    Diabetes Queensland credentialled diabetes educator Fleur Cross said while the survey found the average Australian's daily kilojoule intake had fallen slightly, the results were still concerning.

     

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    Do you struggle with understanding food labels, want to eat better and make healthier choices?

     

    Diabetes Queensland is making healthy food shopping easy - not just for people with diabetes but for everyone! We have all the tools to get you started: pantry tips, a guide to reading food labels, nutrition advice, plans to action lifestyle changes and lots, lots more.

     

    Click here to find out more.

  • Monash University researchers have found Metformin can be used to prevent insulin resistance developing into type two diabetes.

    Researchers conducted a trial with 120 obese women and found women using Metformin had improved insulin resistance and weight loss.  These effects were seen in women with excess abdominal weight, but not in those who were morbidly obese.

    "These promising findings could have a significant impact on the treatment of people at risk of diabetes and, ultimately, reduce the number of new cases of [type 2 diabetes]," Monash University Director of Women's Health Group Professor Susan Davis said.
     
     
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  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ACCU-CHEK MOBILE USERS

    Roche, manufacturers of the Accu-Chek Mobile blood glucose monitors, has advised Diabetes Queensland of updated user instructions for this monitor. Roche has identified that a small number of people using the device have experienced falsely elevated blood glucose readings when using the system without following the described handling instructions. 

    The updated instructions can be found at www.accu-chek.com.au . In summary, the instructions include:

    • Wash your hands with warm water and soap. Dry your hands thoroughly before obtaining a blood sample
    • Form a proper blood drop and apply it to the centre of the test field
    • Immediately apply the blood gently after you have created the blood drop
    • Do not press against the test field on the tape
    • Touch the test area gently, you finger should be removed from the test field when the beep tone sounds and/or "test in progress" is displayed.


    Roche advise that if you are concerned about the accuracy of a particular blood glucose reading, please refer to the possible sources of error listed in the user manual and perform a test with a control solution. If you are still concerned about a reading, please contact a healthcare professional. 

    If you have further questions about the product please contact the Accu-Chek Contact Centre on 1800 800 535.

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