Have you heard that one in four adults are either living with diabetes or pre-diabetes? Did you know that Type Two Diabetes accounts for 85% of all diabetes and is increasing? Eyes on Diabetes is the theme for this year’s World Diabetes Day, which will be celebrated in Canowindra on 14th November with a display on Gaskill Street from 10am to 1pm. The stall will be offering blood sugar checks, dietary advice and general information.
Australian Hearing will visit Parkes this month to offer locals better access to hearing health services. With more than half of Australians over the age of 60 suffering from hearing loss, Australian Hearing’s Janet Chapparo encourages the local community to make their hearing health a priority. “It’s fantastic to be able to join forces with local businesses and provide a convenient way for people to check their hearing and make sure they are in good hearing health,” Janet said.
“As the incidence of hearing loss increases as we get older, we encourage seniors in particular to include hearing as part of their overall health check-up. The sooner you do something about your hearing the better.” Hearing checks are a quick and easy way to find out more about your hearing health and what can be done to help. “The hearing checks are conducted by staff from Australian Hearing Orange and our team will also be on hand to guide people through what next steps they may have to take in regards to their hearing.”
Australian Hearing will provide hearing checks to any interested adults who visit on the day. More information is available by calling Australian Hearing Orange on 02 6393 0500. Australian Hearing provides subsidised hearing care for eligible people, including pensioners and most veterans. For full details visit www.hearing.com.au
Are You Suffering From Ongoing Pain?
Chronic pain affects one in five Australians in both children and adolescents. In people over 65 years, chronic pain will affect one in three people. During the months of November and December, our friendly pharmacists at Parkes
Pharmacy will be available to speak to you about your pain management needs. Even though it can be hard to stay active when you are in pain, it is important to keep mobile.
Being active can help prevent your muscles and bones from getting weak, can avoid stiffness and discomfort and can assist with sleep and can lift your mood. There are many ways you can stay active: find an activity that you enjoy and that isn’t too strenuous; do a little bit of exercise and gradually increase it; pace yourself and ensure not to overdo it; get back to work if possible as this helps emotional wellbeing and distracts you from your pain; and lastly don’t forget, there are medications to help relieve pain.
Turmeric: You might only know of turmeric as the bright yellow spice used in curries to add colour. What you might not know is that turmeric is quickly becoming known as an effective natural aid for the treatment of pain and mild osteoarthritis. Curcumin is the active component of turmeric and has a long history of use as an anti-inflammatory
and an anti-arthritic. The curcumin found in VitaScience Turmeric Inflammatory Relief is a highly absorbed form. It provides temporary relief from the pain of mild arthritis and can help increase joint mobility and decrease joint swelling.
At Parkes Diagnostic Imaging, we pride ourselves on providing a great service to our patients and referrers. It’s important to us to get our patients’ imaging completed for them as soon as possible, most of the time on the same day.
The staffs main focus is to be part of the large range of people that are looking after our patients and that’s something we pride ourselves on. We strive to provide a great service to enable people to get healthy and remain healthy. The team at PDI do have patients that present to us with health challenges and we ensure all our patients images are reported and sent to their referrer within four hours to ensure their care is timely, ongoing and appropriate. We’re also part of a longer journey with some of our patients and it’s nice to be able to support these people along the way.
If you don’t take care of your teeth and gums, you could suffer gum disease. No big deal, you might think, but ongoing gum disease is implicated in chronic low level inflammation which is now linked with 7 of the top 10 most debilitating diseases including heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and kidney disease. It’s also linked to preterm low birth weight and osteoporosis. Chronic low-level inflammation often has no symptoms but it can reflect other chronic health problems.
Gum disease is characterised by bleeding gums. Healthy gums look firm and pink and shouldn’t bleed when you brush or floss your teeth. There are more than 500 different microorganisms in the oral cavity. Plaque or biofilm is comprised of many different species of microorganisms and sticky glycoproteins. If you eat a healthy diet and maintain good oral hygiene, these micro-organisms remain in balance, the healthy bacteria are dominant and don’t cause tissue damage or tooth decay. Poor oral hygiene and diet allows the more destructive bacteria to proliferate causing inflammation and a periodontal pocket to form, which is impossible for you to clean with regular teeth brushing. It’s why professional cleaning every 3-6 months by a dentist or hygienist is so important. Bleeding when you brush or floss is a sign of chronic inflammation and should not be ignored!
When the gum is chronically inflamed and bleeds easily, bacteria called bacteraemia can enter the bloodstream. It’s the reason blood donors are asked if they’ve visited a dentist or hygienist in the last 72 hours. If your gums are inflamed, the body produces inflammatory chemicals and can result in systematic effects, affecting other parts of the body, like the heart or the joints.
Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults and the main reason for bad breath. In 70 to 80% of cases, bad breath is caused from a build-up of biofilm or plaque, but it can also emanate from nasal passes, sinuses, the throat or lungs. Bad breath can occasionally indicate an undiagnosed disease. A sweet smell may indicate diabetes, a fishy smell may indicate kidney disease and a rotten egg smell suggests liver disease. Rather than masking bad breath, which is a $10 billion a year industry, it’s much better to discover the underlying cause.
We are often asked which toothpaste is best to remove plaque and biofilm. Despite the advertising claims, there is no magic bullet, toothpaste or mouth rinse. The most important practice is eating a healthy diet and removing plaque/biofilm by carefully brushing and flossing. A regular check-up with a dentist to carefully remove calcified biofilm, called calculus or tartar, is also crucial. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your oral health we encourage you to contact the team at Richardson Dental surgery on 6862 1261.
By Dr Khazima Riaz
National Diabetes Week runs from the 10th -16th July, putting the spotlight on Australia’s battle with this disease. Diabetes is a serious, complex condition which can affect the entire body. Diabetes requires daily self-care and if complications develop, can have a significant impact on quality of life. While there is currently no cure for diabetes, you can live an enjoyable life by learning about the condition and effectively managing it. The three main types of diabetes are type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.
Diabetes can be managed well but the potential complications are the same for type 1 and type 2 including heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, limb amputation, depression, anxiety and blindness. With 1,250 New South Wales residents set to lose a limb this year due to diabetes, Diabetes NSW urges communities to act now and visit their GP to find out how they can prevent themselves from developing diabetes or how best to manage it. This year, National Diabetes Week is the ideal time to act. “We are urging the local community to help us spread the word about
the seriousness of diabetes, and the complications – such as amputations – that are associated with it,” said Sturt Eastwood, CEO, Diabetes NSW; “There is no such thing as ‘mild’ diabetes and living a life minus a limb has serious consequences.”
Diabetes NSW educators are urging those diagnosed or undiagnosed to pay close attention to any minor cuts or flesh nicks that are slow to heal, as this could be a sign their condition is worsening or is poorly managed. Any concerned residents should visit their GP immediately to seek professional advice. For more information about diabetes and activities and events for National Diabetes Week please visit www.diabetesnsw.com.au.
Pregnancy is an exciting time for expectant families and along with many other changes in your life you can also expect some changes in terms of your oral health. Good dental health is an important part of your overall wellbeing, particularly during pregnancy. Most mothers are aware of the benefits of eating, drinking and staying well whilst they are pregnant and sometime overlook the significance of keeping a healthy mouth.
A commonly quoted myth is that ‘a mother loses a tooth with every pregnancy’ and some suggest that mothers lose teeth due to loss of calcium during pregnancy. The fact of the matter is that the changes that truly effect the mouth are due to the surge of hormones and how the gums react to plaque during pregnancy.
When pregnant, women are much more likely to experience some form of gingivitis, or gum disease. The gums become red, inflamed and often bleed during brushing or flossing. If left untreated the supporting structures that hold your teeth in place such as ligaments and jaw bone can be effected resulting in periodontitis- a more serious stage of gum disease.
Diet plays a major role in maintaining a healthy mouth during pregnancy. Pregnancy hormones can result in expecting mothers craving all kinds of different foods they potentially would not usually eat. Frequent snacking, particularly on high sugar foods significantly increases the risk for tooth decay. The bacteria in the mouth form a sticky layer (plaque) over the tooth surface, the bacteria convert all sugar and starch in the mouth into acid that attacks the tooth enamel breaking it down. The longer the sugar remains in the mouth the longer the acid attacks the tooth, thus resulting in tooth decay.
Unfortunately, morning sickness is a part of pregnancy. The acid from regular vomiting coats the teeth causing erosion of the tooth enamel. Expecting mothers can use a fluoride toothpaste to help counteract this, as well as simple strategies such as remembering to rinse the mouth with tap water after the vomiting occurs and waiting at least 30 minutes afterwards before tooth brushing. (The acid weakens the enamel and if scrubbed while it is compromised, it can wear away causing further destruction)
At Home Care
A few simple strategies at home can make the world of difference to your mouth during your pregnancy.
• Brushing and flossing twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste
• Drinking tap water (fluoridated)
• Daily fluoride mouth rinses if suffering frequent morning sickness or pregnancy reflux
• Limiting frequent sugary snacks
• Waiting at least 30 minutes after vomiting before brushing
Pregnancy is different for each person and indeed with each baby. Healthy teeth and gums are an important start for you and your baby. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your oral health during or after your pregnancy, we encourage you to contact the staff at Richardson Dental Surgery on 6862 1261.
Having problems with your feet? If you’re struggling with movement, injury or anything at all , you can visit the Podiatry Clinic every Wednesday in Parkes. Sreenathudu Arshanapalli (B.H.Sc Podiatry) has been practicing in Parkes for 16 years and has recently moved to his new premises at 118 Clarinda Street from Court Street.The Podiatry Clinic specialises in all aspects of podiatry including diabetic foot care, children’s feet, sports injuries and orthotics.
If you are not sure if you should see a podiatrist, the Australian Podiatry Council has defined the scope of podiatry as: Podiatry deals with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of medical and surgical conditions of the feet and lower limbs. The conditions podiatrists treat include those resulting from bone and joint disorders such as arthritis and soft-tissue and muscular pathologies, as well as neurological and circulatory disease. Podiatrists are also able to diagnose and treat any complications of the above, which affect the lower limb, including skin and nail disorders, corns, calluses and ingrown toenails. Foot injuries and infections gained through sport or other activities are also diagnosed and treated by podiatrists.
No referral from a GP is necessary; although you would need a GP management plan for extended primary health care for a chronic medical condition that needs treatment. If you’d like to know more give the Podiatry Clinic a call!
Whooping cough is an extremely contagious respiratory infection which causes uncontrolled coughing and vomiting. The effects of the disease can go on for several months and is particularly dangerous for babies under the age of 12 months. Until babies have had at least two doses of vaccine aged four months, they are at great risk of this disease as their mother’s antibodies don’t provide reliable protection.
Increasing vaccination coverage has dramatically reduced the incidence of whooping cough among Australian children. However, it remains a highly infectious and dangerous disease. In a household where someone has whooping cough, an estimated 80-90% of the unimmunised contacts of that person will acquire the disease.
The best way to prevent whooping cough is with immunisation, which is available at Parkes GP. If you are an expectant mother, you should have a booster during your pregnancy and anyone in the family including grandparents, aunties and siblings can get theirs at any time before the baby is born. For more information, contact Parkes GP on 6862 6668.
Parkes and Forbes residents are encouraged to sign up for a free Living Well After Cancer session this June. Cancer Council NSW Western is inviting Forbes, Parkes and surrounding community residents who have completed cancer treatment to attend their free, face-to-face Living Well After Cancer program.
Cancer and its treatment can bring a host of challenges. Survivors can face changes in their appearance and body function, and struggle to manage the emotional impact of the disease. Over 45,000 people in NSW are predicted to be diagnosed with cancer this year. The latest data shows that around two in three people diagnosed with cancer in NSW are alive five years later, with many becoming long term survivors. Fiona Marwick, Community Programme Co-ordinator at Cancer Council NSW Western said that Living Well After Cancer offers practical information and open discussion on the possible changes, challenges and opportunities that cancer survivors can experience. “There is often an expectation for cancer survivors to ‘get back to normal’ after treatment, but we know that for many this is far from reality. Living Well After Cancer gives participants the opportunity to connect with others on a similar journey, all within a supportive space. They can share tips, ideas and advice on managing life moving forward, with the aim to thrive, not just survive” she said.
Through Living Well After Cancer you can learn practical skills and information from the presenters and participants. It can be reassuring to know other people may be experiencing similar side effects, fears and anxieties but also gaining positivity from their cancer journey. Living Well After Cancer is open to cancer survivors, their carers, family, friends and work colleagues and is delivered by trained facilitators who have experienced the changes of cancer first-hand. The next Living Well After Cancer program session will be held at Parkes on Saturday 18th June 2016. To register to participate, or for more information call 1300 200 558.