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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

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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