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Have you been tested for this silent disease?

November 12, 2019

Members and staff at the ACT Legislative Assembly are currently being screened for Type 2 Diabetes.

Diabetes is a silent disease - it can take years for symptoms to be noticed.

Your age, ethnicity, blood glucose levels and blood pressure can all contribute to you being at a greater risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes within 5 years.

The screenings have been confidential, but here are my results. While I've got a low risk score, my cholesterol is a little high (although 'healthy cholesterol' is good) and my BMI is 27.3.

Tara being screened for diabetes. Photo: Diabetes NSW & ACT

Tara being screened for diabetes. Photo: Diabetes NSW & ACT

It was great to have a chat with Diabetes NSW & ACT about some steps to be healthier to keep the risks low, including healthy cooking and meal ideas.

You can use an online tool to assess your risk like I did here 👉 https://www1.health.gov.au/…/Con…/diabetesRiskAssessmentTool