TAKE control of your health before it takes control of you, diabetes sufferer Claire Mitchell urged yesterday.
Diagnosed three years ago with type 2 diabetes, Mrs Mitchell said her life was better for it.
"It's all about education - diabetes has forced me to look after my health," she said.
"I've lost 15 kilos and I exercise regularly. "If we don't look after our health, no one else will."
Mrs Mitchell said awareness of the chronic illness was lacking. "I don't want to take insulin every day - and so I took an interest in my health," she said.
While Mrs Mitchell is subject to monthly blood tests and has since overhauled her diet, her daily life routine has largely been unaffected.