Can't remember your last health check? This one's for you 4 September 2014 Share by email Page shared successfully Share again? An error has occurred on the server is currently unable to send your message. Please try again later. Please try again Your name * Please enter your name Your email address * Please enter your email Your email is invalid Friend's email address * Please enter your friend's email Your friend's email is invalid Add a message Share Cancel Tweet Buffer Finding the time or motivation to prioritise your health can be easier said than done. But when Diabetes WA announced recently that around a third of people living with diabetes don’t know they have the disease it was a wake-up call we couldn’t ignore. The reality is Type 2 diabetes is the one chronic disease that more and more people are getting. It’s Australia’s fastest growing condition and it’s putting an increasing number of people at risk of the Nation’s number one killer – heart disease. But many people are unaware of the symptoms. It’s the ticking time bomb of chronic diseases because its symptoms are often hidden and develop slowly. But, people living unknowingly with diabetes aren’t the only ones looking at their health through rose coloured glasses. The facts Recent HBF research found more than 600,000 Western Australian adults think we are healthy when, actually, our body mass index indicates we are at greater risk of a range of chronic health conditions like Type 2 diabetes. It’s fairly well known that around 58% of us are overweight or obese, but what’s worrying is two thirds of us who are carrying excess weight still rate our health as good, very good or excellent. That means if we don’t know we’re unhealthy, it’s unlikely we’ll make the necessary changes to our eating and exercise habits that are needed to prevent the onset of chronic disease. The solution If you’re as concerned as we are about these facts, you’ll ditch those dated pink lenses, take a reality check on your health and close the gap between your ‘perceived’ and ‘actual’ health. A health check with a qualified professional is an easy first step. If your health isn’t quite where it should be, most health checks will give you advice to help you get back on track. Friendlies Pharmacies are now offering comprehensive health checks that rate your risk of developing diabetes and/or cardiovascular disease in the next five years. You’ll be happy to know HBF has also launched a few other ways to help get your health back on track: You’ll soon be able to register for our spring series of HBF Fitness sessions at parks around the State; HBF members get discounted access to exercise classes and facilities at HBF Stadium (formerly Challenge Stadium) and HBF Arena (formerly Joondalup Arena); and Our individualised health service for members with cardiovascular disease, The COACH Program©, is now being offered to eligible health insurance members who have Type 2 diabetes.