Media Release 01 November 2016
Diabetes New Zealand today marks the beginning of Diabetes Action Month by launching a comprehensive online support and self-management toolkit, to help address the nation’s fastest-growing health crisis.
Twelve hundred people in New Zealandi, on average, will this month be told that they have diabetes – withmore than 120 of those in the Auckland DHB catchment alone.
More than 260,000 people in New Zealand – including over 27,000 in the Auckland DHB catchment area– have diabetesii; the prevalence has doubled in the past 10 years.
“There is a real need to help people with diabetes to live well,” Steve Crew, chief executive of Diabetes New Zealand, says.
“The reality of diabetes and the complications associated with it, can be consuming. It is not only a drain on our health system, it is incredibly life-changing and life-limiting for people living with diabetes – and that can lead to stress and anxiety and poor self-care.”
Diabetes New Zealand surveyed the nation in a Perceptive Research omnibus[iv] that revealed that less than half of those living with diabetes felt they are in control of their condition, and a third said it had a negative effect on their mental wellbeing.
“Living well is something people with diabetes battle to do on their own,” Crew says. “A third struggle with eating healthy meals, and almost 40 per cent struggle to be motivated and do physical activity. Diabetes New Zealand wants to change that.”
The Diabetes New Zealand Take Control Toolkit unveiled today will be a range of more than 60 online materials in downloadable print or video formats, that Diabetes New Zealand members anywhere in the country can access, offering them advice and information across three important categories – Food & Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Health & Wellbeing.
As the voice of those living with diabetes, the organisation wanted to gauge the public’s view on the proposition of taxation on sugar and fat in some foods.
The full release can be found here
More information on Diabetes Action Month can be found on the Diabetes NZ website including events happening throughout New Zealand for Diabetes Action Month this year.
World Diabetes Day takes place on Monday, 14 November 2016
The theme for 2016 is Eyes on Diabetes with the main focus being;
1. Screening for type 2 diabetes is important to modify its course and reduce the risk of complications.
2. Screening for diabetes complications is an essential part of managing all types of diabetes.
More information on World Diabetes Day can be found here.
[i] Source: Ministry of Health. 2015. Virtual Diabetes Register http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/diabetes/about-diabetes/virtual-diabetes-register-vdr
[ii] Source: Ministry of Health. 2015. Living Well with Diabetes: A plan for people at high risk of or living with diabetes 2015-2020. http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/living-well-diabetes
[iii] Source: Ministry of Health. 2015. Virtual Diabetes Register http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/diabetes/about-diabetes/virtual-diabetes-register-vdr
[iv] Perceptive Research Omnibus September 2016. 1,004 respondents nationwide.
Note: Over 100,000 people in the wider Auckland region* have diabetes, with more than 460 people on average diagnosed each month.
*Includes three Auckland DHBs.