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
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.
- Over 225,000 New Zealanders have type 1 or type 2
- Every day 50 more people are diagnosed with diabetes.
- Diabetes is a major and increasing cause of premature death
and disability in New Zealand.