Free diabetes screening leads to early detection

To mark the recently-celebrated World Diabetes Day, the Integrated Community Health Team’s Leanne Quach (Diabetes Nurse Educator) and Karen Davis from the Needle Syringe Program combined to offer diabetes screening for consumers, visitors and employees at 122 Thomas Street in Dandenong.

Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, amputation, heart disease, kidney failure and early death. Simple actions can reduce the risk as more than 50% of type 2 diabetes is preventable. The first step is knowing your risk.

The free screening was a huge success, and approximately 90% of those assessed were scored at a ‘High Risk’ level.

Leanne Quach said the results were significant.

“The positive to come out of the screenings was that they prompt people to book into their GP for a blood test to confirm the results,” she said.

“Early detection and diagnosis can lead to early management and prevention of diabetes complications.”

The diabetes screening was another innovative partnership to support healthcare needs of our community.

World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes.

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