Electrical engineer Shivanand Mariguddi, 45, of Blacktown prides himself on his fitness despite having type 2 diabetes for many years.
He has diligently followed his doctor’s advice to have regular exercise, control his food intake, take his medications and monitor his blood sugar.
Mr Mariguddi encourages all Australians to heed the recent call of the Australian Diabetes Council to check whether they are at risk during Diabetes Awareness Week from July 14 to 20.
To ensure his family will not get the disease, he has asked his two sons, Mandar, 11 and Kushal, five, to join him and his wife, Geeta on their morning walks.
‘‘I am very concerned about my sons as both of my parents have diabetes,’’ he said.
‘‘You can beat it by taking your medication, monitoring your condition, having regular exercise and eating a balanced meal.’’
Despite Mr Mariguddi having to take Dibex-Ex medication and insulin injections twice a day, he has competed in the City to Surf Marathon nine times and will be participating for the 10th time on August 11.
He cut his best time in the marathon from about 167 minutes in his first run to 115 minutes last year.
Mr Mariguddi, a member of Diabetes Association NSW has helped to promote public awareness of the disease at community meetings and also makes yearly donations to Diabetes Australia to help fund medical research of the disease.
ADC says 1.1 million Australians are diabetic and there will be 2.65 million in 2018 with the disease rising at 7.2 per cent per year or one Australian being diagnosed with the disease every five minutes.
In NSW, six of the top 10 type 2 diabetes hot spots are in western Sydney, with the top three electorates in the state in terms of diabetes prevalence being Strathfield at 8.6 per cent, Mt Druitt at 7.6 per cent and Fairfield at 7.4 per cent.
In Blacktown 7.04 per cent of the population has type 2 diabetes, in Toongabbie it’s 6.73 per cent, in Granville it’s 6.27 per cent, in Parramatta it’s 5.63 per cent, in Baulkham Hills it’s 5.04 per cent and in Castle Hill it’s 4.3 per cent.
ADC chief executive officer Nicola Strokes said a team of health professionals are available to help on 1300 342 238.
You can also download a new booklet Ages and Stages with Diabetes, with practical tips and information at www.australiandiabetescouncil.com from July 14.