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Family Focus for World Diabetes Day

14 Nov 2018


The 14th of November marks World Diabetes Day and this year’s theme is ‘The Family and Diabetes’.

Nepean Diabetes Service Nurse Unit Manager, Brad Marney says there is a need for better awareness about the disease that can become a “silent killer” if not detected and treated properly.

“Having a family member with diabetes puts you in a high risk category,” says Mr Marney. “Many people are living with diabetes and don’t even know they have it”.

“Diabetes can affect the whole family through a number of ages and stages.”

Mr Marney says the Nepean Diabetes Service is one of very few that manages the full diversity of patients with diabetes.

The multidisciplinary service, based at Nepean Hospital, includes dedicated paediatric, adolescent and young adult, pregnancy, complex care teams as well as an inpatient unit.

Spread across these teams are specialist doctors and advance trainees, nurses, dietitians and psychologists.

There is also a newly formed high-risk foot service, which includes a podiatrist, to help prevent common circulation problems and nerve damage associated with diabetes.

Although specialist diabetes management services are available, Mr Marney emphasises the need for greater awareness and regular check-ups.

“About 40 percent of people do not have any symptoms when they’re diagnosed, so if you’re overweight, over the age of 50, or have a family history of diabetes then you should be having regular blood tests through your GP to check for diabetes and better assess your risk.”

For more information about the Nepean Diabetes Service call 4734 3974, and remember to check in with your GP if you or someone you care for may be at risk.

The Nepean Diabetes Service also runs regular outreach clinics in The Hawkesbury, Katoomba and Springwood and there is a dedicated service based at Lithgow Hospital.