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Diabetes & Heart Health Checks


Diabetes & Heart Health Checks

Diabetes in the workplace is becoming more prominent as an increasing number of adults are diagnosed with the disease.  The Australian Department of Health estimates that 1.2 million people or 5.1% of the population were diagnosed with diabetes in 2016. It’s possible for diabetes to have a financial and psychological effect in the workplace – however, increased and awareness, prevention and early diagnosis can go a long way to minimising these impacts.

Heart disease is common both in the community at large but also amongst working age adults. It is estimated that heart disease, including stroke and high blood pressure, is responsible for more costs than any other disease or injury. The cost in occupational terms of heart disease and stroke is harder to quantify but is likely to be similarly high.   This is compounded by the impacts of work-related stress on employees.   Identification of risk factors is an important first step in preventing the lkong-term impacts of heart disease and reducing the likelihood of catastrophic illnesses like stroke and heart attacks.

Monitoring Your Heart Health
Cardiovascular disease includes stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, and the narrowing or clogging of the blood vessels or arteries that can lead to severe chest pain (commonly referred to as angina) or a heart attack.

There may not be obvious symptoms of cardiovascular disease, which means that regularly discussing your heart health with your GP or TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacist can help you identify any risk factors that may apply to you.

Several factors can affect your likelihood of suffering from heart disease, including:

  • Level of physical activity
  • High blood pressure or blood cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Weight

Who is at risk of developing diabetes?

Many Australians are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. While family history and genetics play a role, your lifestyle can also have a significant effect on whether you develop type 2 diabetes.

Your risk for type 2 diabetes is higher if you: 

  • Have a family history type 2 diabetes
  • Developed diabetes during pregnancy
  • Are more than 40 years of age
  • Are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Don’t get enough exercise
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Are overweight or larger waist measurement
  • Have a poor diet, containing too much fatty and sugary food

There are many lifestyle factors which with some small modifications can significantly reduce the likelihood of people developing diabetes or heart disease which would otherwise have a catastrophic impact on them and their family and will also lead to absenteeism and reduced productivity.

In a 10 minute individual session, a VaxWorks nurse can work with each of your staff members to:

  • quantify the risk of developing diabetes and/or heart disease,
  • raise their awareness of these risks;
  • provide tips on how to modify their risks; and
  • refer them to their regular doctor for further follow-up if necessary.