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Monthly Archives: June 2018

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason

If you tuned in to watch, you would have listened to Cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

After Sheku played a mesmerising piece for the Royal Wedding, the internet erupted wanting to know about him and who he is. He won the BBC’s Young Musician 2016 competition. He also has type 1 diabetes; diagnosed at 12. He is the first African American to win this competition. He recently was also awarded Male Artist of the Year at the Classic Brit Awards.

It’s great to be able to share Sheku’s story with the diabetes community and reiterate that you can still achieve your dreams even when you are diagnosed with a life long condition. A great role model for anyone especially children living with diabetes.

From the DigiBete video: “Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays the cello and won the BBC’s Young Musician 2016 competition. He was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 12.” Through the video he goes through how he manages his music as well as his diabetes.

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Diabetes NZ Sugar Tax Submission

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Diabetes New Zealand is at the forefront of New Zealand’s greatest health issue, diabetes. The incidence of diabetes in New Zealanders is at epidemic proportions and rising. Diabetes is a chronic illness with significant morbidity and mortality burdens.

Obesity is a primary factor leading to Type 2 diabetes. The 2017 OECD Obesity Index analysis that New Zealand has the third most obese population out of 35 member countries is both shameful and unacceptable. This is an indictment on our country and the poor health of our people. The OECD report represents an emphatic call to action. The Rt Hon Helen Clark has described the OECD’s finding as “shocking” and has vigorously implored that “whoever’s in government needs to implement strong policy to stop this epidemic now”.

For decades, Diabetes New Zealand through its hard-working staff and volunteers has fought the war on diabetes across the whole country, deploying enormous resources to support and help countless thousands of people deal with their health problems and improve their lives. Raising awareness and prevention consumes a large part of the organisation’s resources. From all this involvement, effort and informed experience at New Zealand’s diabetes coal face, Diabetes New Zealand is ideally placed with this submission.

The bottom line is that despite many governmental programmes to address the problem, the incidence of diabetes in New Zealand is increasing, as is the rate of obesity. Something much more is needed to stem this fatal tide. Diabetes New Zealand earnestly believes that this ‘something’ is a Sugar Tax.

This submission carefully analyses the evidence and arguments surrounding the case for a Sugar Tax. We recommend this submission by Diabetes New Zealand to you, and its conclusion that a Sugar Tax will create a bow wave to behaviour change beyond any other governmental measure thus far.

As Patrons of Diabetes New Zealand, we appeal to you to follow the example of other nations in deploying the levers of taxation to intervene in this runaway health epidemic.

You have a unique opportunity to play a critical role in the health, well-being and longer lives of hundreds of thousands of current and future generation New Zealanders.

Yours Sincerely,

Sir Eion Edgar and Lady Beattie

Read the full submission here

What’s Your diabetes Why?

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For the month of June we will be delving little deeper into why people were getting tested through our Mobile Diabetes Awareness Service – What’s your diabetes Why?

Getting people to share their stories with us and how they are taking control of their health.

Over the month of June, keep an eye out for stories shared from our diabetes community.

If you would like to share your story, head along and talk to Susan and Sandy through our Mobile Diabetes Awareness Service or contact us.

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