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Helensville Support Group Celebrates

On the 6th of August 2018 Helensville Diabetes Support Groups celebrated 10 years to the day since their very first meeting in 2008.

The day was enjoyed by all,  with a few games and a shared lunch.  Members of Helensville Arthritis Group with whom we amalgamated with in 2015 also attended.

Many thanks to Dr Phillip Barter who is always there to support the Helensville members,  and the two original nurses Christine Montgomery and Barbara McKenzie (pictured).

Our group who meets once a month warmly welcomes any new members to join us.

For any more  information you can contact Shirley in 4206501 or Glennis on 4202801.

More information on our support groups

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Diabetes and Eating Disorders

PLEASE NOTE as of 2020 this is no longer active

Recently eating disorders in our community have been highlighted through social media and on television. Diabulimia happens when those with type one diabetes avoid taking insulin.

From a recent study, a third of type one adolescents with type one diabetes that were surveyed are at risk of developing an eating disorder related to diabetes. This study was led by Professor Paul Hofman which surveyed 300 young people that were 12 to 25 years of age.

From this study, Hofman was able to identify that 12 year olds were at high risk. Maori and Pacific were also at a higher risk in comparison to European youth.

“There was a really major ethnicity issue. So the odds of having an eating disorder for Māori was about twice as much and Pacific Islander about five times as much.” Hofman also mentioned to Radio NZ that although this was a small study he is confident that it is a fair representation of what is happening around the county. 

Need more information?

DEDA, Diabetes and Eating Disorder Awareness provide support, advocacy and information. Stories as well as information if you need help, if you know someone or are a health professional is readily available.

If you would like more information around this please get in touch with DEDA, a health professional or you can contact us.

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What’s Your diabetes Why?

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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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

[ii] Source: Ministry of Health. 2015. Living Well with Diabetes: A plan for people at high risk of or living with diabetes 2015-2020.

[iii] Source: Ministry of Health. 2015. Virtual Diabetes Register

[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.

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diabetes uk dress diabolical

On Friday, 28th October #DressDiabolical for Halloween
and raise funds for Diabetes New Zealand! 

With your help, we can make diabetes less scary.

Dress Diabolical is the perfect excuse to wear your best Halloween outfit, and have fun at school, home or work.

The concept is adapted from a campaign by Diabetes UK and we are working in partnership with The Warehouse in NZ to get the ball rolling here!




Looking for ideas to get your Dress Diabolical fundraiser going?

Contact Jo Chapman at Diabetes Auckland Branch for our


The Warehouse have made a commitment to put aside $1 for each wig* sold for Halloween this year – nationwide – to go to back to Diabetes NZ and be shared among the regional branches.

Customers will also be able to elect to make a donation to Diabetes NZ at the counter when shopping at The Warehouse stores this month.

All the money raised will go towards supporting all New Zealanders with diabetes, or at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, to live full and active lives.

*selected range

Contact Jo Chapman at Diabetes Auckland Branch for more information



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