CWAATSICH are bringing together community members who are suffering from Diabetes this morning at 10am.
This is an opportunity for those living with the disease to sit together and yarn about their experiences.
Kathryn Castles, the Diabetes Coordinator for CWAATSICH says there are some simple tricks to improving our lifestyle.
“We want to give them some ideas on how they can better manage their diabetes, what foods they should be eating, give them recipes,
“Help them make up their own menus, food label reading, checking for sugar in certain products.
“Basically teaching them that if they buy something and it only stays fresh for X amount of days then that’s good, and if they’re buying something that’s going to last an extended lifespan then that’s probably not so good for them,” says Kathryn.
Diabetes is a worldwide epidemic, but it is Type 2 diabetes which is the more common strain.
However, Kathryn says diabetics here are pretty good at keeping on top of things and there are plenty of services to help them do so.
“The services we have here at CWAATSICH are amazing – it’s a one stop shop for diabetics, if you’re a diabetic then you have a cycle of care and if you come here it can all be done under one roof – from your feet, to your eyes, everything.
“We have health link ups with the Diabetic Health specialists at the Princess Alexandra Hospital so you don’t even have to go away to see a specialist,” she says.
For Kathryn, one of the biggest challenges is letting people know that they’re not alone, with plenty of people living in our community who are going through the same problems, who have the same concerns.
“We want people to talk about it more openly.
“We’ll want input from the people who come along, it all depends on what they want to do and what they want to hear about,” she says.
A similar support group has been successful in Quilpie so Kathryn hopes for the same in Charleville.
“Younger and younger people are getting diagnosed with diabetes these days.
“Once a diabetic, always a diabetic, but I’ve had people who have lost their weight and started to eat healthier, and they can go off all of their diabetic medication,” says Kathryn.
So if you would like to learn more about Diabetes, or you have any questions relating to the disease, then head along to the CWAATSICH Conference room at 10:00am today.
From then, the Diabetes Support Group will be meeting the second Wednesday of every month.