Manawatu Turbos take on diabetes Thursday, 3 October 2013

MidCentral District Health Board and the Manawatu Turbos will be helping raise awareness of diabetes during half time at Friday's (4th) home game at FMG Stadium.

During the half time break, a health video featuring Turbo Man and various Turbos players will be played to the crowd, highlighting diabetes while providing details on how to seek help.

Diabetes is diagnosed when a person has too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. This happens because the pancreas cannot make enough insulin. Diabetes cannot presently be cured but it can be controlled and you can lead a full and active life.

Director of Nursing primary health, Chiquita Hansen said that the best fight against diabetes is prevention.

"Over 25% of adults aged over 15 are estimated as having pre-diabetes," she said. "Pre-diabetes is an early warning that you are at risk of developing diabetes. It's important to know that you can do something about this. Many people are able to reverse their potential for diabetes."

The healthy eating guidelines for people with diabetes are the same as for all New Zealanders and therefore the whole family will benefit from making healthier food choices.

"Choose 5+ a day servings of vegetables and fruit, include high fibre breads and cereals, go for lean meats and low fat dairy products, limit sugary foods and drinks and try to limit salt intake," says Chiquita.

The partnership between MidCentral District Health Board and the Manawatu Rugby Union is part of a recently signed contract where the Turbos will promote a series of five health messages, one being featured at each home game, as well as provide a youth mentoring service within the community.

The Turbos new season game and training shirts also feature the Smokefree logo as part of the agreement.

For more information contact your general practice team.

Quick Facts

- Over 225,000 New Zealanders have type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

- Every day 50 more people are diagnosed with diabetes.

- Diabetes is a major and increasing cause of premature death and disability in New Zealand.