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Diabetes just my type

December 11, 2011
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A TYPE 2 diabetes diagnosis was not the Christmas surprise Pauline Bunker was hoping for.

But, two years after receiving the news in December 2009, she is looking forward to celebrating the festive season with her health back on track and a new wardrobe after weight loss achieved by a modified diet.

Ms Bunker said her initial diagnosis left her angry, depressed and uncertain.

“It was a shock and that first conversation was a blur,” Ms Bunker said.

“After a few days to process things, I decided that I wasn’t going to let it stop me living the life I imagined when I retired, so I set about finding out how to deal with it.”

First, she met a diabetes educator at Range Community Health who enrolled her in the centre’s Early Intervention in Chronic Disease Program.

The 12-month program included regular sessions with dietitian Anne Netherway.

“At my first appointment with Anne, we talked about diabetes, how I felt about it, what I hoped to do in the future,” Ms Bunker said.

“We jointly drew up a set of goals for the next six months.”

By following a healthier diet and exercising, Ms Bunker lost 15kg and is able to manage her diabetes without having to inject insulin.

“I’ve had to buy new clothes because I’ve lost so much weight my trousers keep falling down,” she said.

“I like to travel and it’s a lot easier to fit into an airline seat these days.”

The early intervention program was developed to respond to the growth of diabetes in the Yarra Ranges.

Figures released last month by Diabetes Victoria revealed seven new cases are diagnosed each week in the region.

The program aims to encourage locals to become more proactive and take greater responsibility for their own health.

Ms Bunker said taking part in the program had allowed her to turn her diagnosis into a positive experience.

“It turned out to be the best thing that happened to me,” Ms Bunker.

“I am healthier and fitter than I’ve been in 20 years.”

Yarra Ranges residents with Type 2 diabetes are eligible for the program.

Phone 9738 8801.

Article source: http://lilydale-yarra-valley-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/diabetes-just-my-type/

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