Making time to learn about diabetes will be a key message of three Border information sessions during National Diabetes Week.
Albury-Wodonga Diabetes Support Group members will be available at Lavington Library on Wednesday, July 17, Wodonga Library on Thursday, July 18, and Albury Library Museum on Friday, July 19, between 10am and 2pm.
It's About Time is the theme of Diabetes Week, which ends on Saturday, encouraging people to learn the 4Ts, the early warning signs of type 1 diabetes.
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The signs are going to the toilet a lot, feeling excessively tired, having a thirst that can't be quenched and becoming thinner through a sudden or unexplained weight loss.
People are also urged to take a minute out of their busy lives to do a type 2 diabetes risk check.
Diabetes Australia said diabetes was the leading cause of blindness in working age adults, a leading cause of kidney failure, the leading cause of preventable limb amputations and increased a person's risk of heart attacks and stroke by up to four times.
"Not making time for yourself, or time to learn the early warning signs, can put you at risk of major life-threatening health problems, the organisation said.
In Benambra, 3556 people are registered as having diabetes, 86 per cent type 2, while the Albury figure is 4958, 88 per cent type 2.
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