Regular foot checks and better foot care could prevent more than 600 diabetes-related amputations every year.
November is Diabetes Action Month and Diabetes NZ is calling on Kiwi's to Step Up For Diabetes, to prevent diabetes from reaching epidemic proportions in Aotearoa and help those already living with the disease to live well.
Friday 17 November is Sneaker Friday. Wear your sneakers to work to take steps to reduce your risk of diabetes, live well with diabetes, or support people living with diabetes and consider making a donation.
You can also sign up to take part in one of the many Twilight Walks and events happening around the country, because being active is key to the prevention of diabetes and to help those living with diabetes to manage the condition.
Every New Zealander is at risk of diabetes and more than a quarter of a million people live with the condition every day.
An additional 1 million New Zealanders are estimated to have prediabetes.
With a focus on foot health, the ‘Step Up For Diabetes’ theme is as relevant for type 1 diabetes as it is for type 2.
Check out the free Diabetes Action Month resources available for download.
These are free and available for you to display in your community, workplace or use on social media.