by Sarah Satherley, Primary Health Manager and Glenis Bell, Health Promotion Manager of Nelson Bays Primary Health
It could save your life as early detection is your best protection.
- To check to see if you have diabetes
- To see what your risk of having a heart attack or stroke is in the next five years
- Then discuss what you can do to keep well and reduce any risks identified
Who can have a FREE heart and diabetes check?
Those that haven’t had a Heart and Diabetes check in the last 5 years and meet the criteria below:
- Maori, Pacific Men from 35 to 74 years or other (low income) Men from 45 to 74
- Maori, Pacific Woman from 45 to 74 years or other (low income) Woman from 55 to 74
Not sure if this is you, It’s OK to ask.
Phone your family doctor to check and they can book you in if you need one.
Buck Shelford joins fight against heart disease and diabetes
Former All Black Wayne 'Buck' Shelford is joining the fight against heart disease and diabetes in New Zealand.
The former rugby star - who was a member of the 1987 Rugby World Cup Champion All Black team - is encouraging Kiwis to get their heart and diabetes checked.
"Every 90 minutes a New Zealander dies from heart disease. And every day many people are diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes.
"A heart and diabetes check gives you information on how to reduce your risk of having a heart attack or stroke, and it will diagnose early signs of diabetes" he said.
"It will let you know what your risk is and, more importantly, the best strategies for you to improve your health"
There is a team at home relying on you, so please, be there for your team!