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Australians suffering from diabetes share their stories


Marcia Hines

Marcia Hines


1. Why have you joined with Priceline Pharmacy to be an ambassador for Mission Health: Diabetes Uncovered?

I’ve partnered with Priceline Pharmacy because diabetes is a condition that affects so many Australians, and many people are also at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. I’m urging all Aussies to take advantage of free diabetes checks at Priceline Pharmacy. The in store pharmacists are trained Diabetes Advisors who can assess if your lifestyle is putting you at risk of type diabetes and it only takes 15 minutes, or they can discuss management plans for both type 1 and 2.



2. Tell us about your personal connection to diabetes?

I’ve lived with Type 1 diabetes for 30 years now. When you have diabetes, it’s important it is to receive support and guidance around managing the condition. The right advice can enable people to take control of their own health care for a better health outcome.


3. Why do you feel it’s important for Priceline Pharmacy and Diabetes Australia to educate Australians about the risks of diabetes? 

Diabetes is something most people think will never happen to them, but the reality is 2 million Australians are at risk of being diagnosed with diabetes. People need to understand the contributing risk factors for type 2 so they can improve their lifestyle and help reduce their chances of developing type 2 diabetes. And for people who already have diabetes (type 1 or 2), education around management techniques are essential for a better health outcome and to avoid complications that can arise from the disease. 


4. What are some tips you can provide to help to live a healthier lifestyle?

Make sure you look at your diet and how active you are, as exercise can reduce the amount of glucose in your blood. It’s important to find exercise that you enjoy, so you’re more likely to stick with a routine.



5. How does it make you feel to be putting diabetes into the spotlight?

I’ve done a lot of work to raise awareness for diabetes and I enjoy helping others feel less isolated when it comes to managing the condition. It’s great that I’m able to bring diabetes into the spotlight again, I hope it empowers people to feel like they can take control of their condition, and encourages those who might be at risk to have a consultation. I’m passionate about making managing diabetes as easy as possible.


6. Do you believe that health and beauty are linked? 

Definitely! If you’re feeling good on the inside, and you’re taking care of yourself, I think it shows.  A healthy body equals a healthy mind equals feeling good about yourself!


7. What are your favourite health products available at Priceline Pharmacy?

SWISSE Micellar Make Up Remover


8. What are your favourite beauty products available at Priceline Pharmacy?

The great range of false eye lashes that are stocked.


Rachel Zinman


Rachel Zinman

Blood tests with my local GP revealed that my fasting blood sugar was slightly elevated. His exact words were: “You have diabetes.” Shocked, I didn’t believe it. So I went for a second opinion. The endocrinologist I went to wasn’t quite sure whether I was pre-diabetic or Type 2. Further testing revealed that I had LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults).  Because I was still producing a very small amount of insulin, we delayed insulin injections and I was allowed to work with my diet and exercise. Trying to keep my levels in check, I made sure I had regular blood tests and when I could no longer keep my blood sugar levels in range I was advised to start injecting longacting insulin. Terrified of taking insulin, I had never taken any form of medication before, I was surprised to discover how well my body responded. Since then my health has improved in leaps and bounds.


Carol Tenace

Carol Tenace
I was diagnosed at the age of 43 with Type 2 diabetes. When I was diagnosed I went into total denial as I had no symptoms and did not feel unwell at all.  I was getting checked annually as diabetes was on both my mother and father’s side of the family. Eventually, I had to manage my Type 2 diabetes with a combination of insulin injections, dietary changes, and other medication.  I find when I am disciplined with my diet (i.e. eat a healthy diet and healthy snacks), my sugar levels are kept under control. When I veer away from eating healthily I definitely notice a sudden ‘unwell’ feeling that comes over me. I do feel if Type 2 diabetes is managed well one can lead a long life with no complications. 

Annete Windbanks


Annete Windbanks

After visiting my GP for my annual checkup and on discovering that I had gained a few extra kilograms I was told that I was at a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

My indulgence for cheese and wine and my love for coffee and cakes on a daily basis had had a great effect on my health. I had convinced myself that it was ok.

I have since managed to make some gradual lifestyle changes that have positively impacted on my life. Increasing my physical activity has allowed me to lose weight and also helped my blood pressure. Better awareness and healthier lifestyle choices about eating and activity have helped to help reduce my risk of type 2 diabetes. I still allow myself to indulge however this is only once a week on a day of my choice.

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