Betachek Visual in the market

Por: Betachek  11/12/2008
Palabras clave: DIABETES, Test, Representacion

THOUSANDS of Australian shoppers are turning to supermarket shelves rather than doctors to test themselves for diabetes. More than 39,000 DIY testing kits, which measure blood sugar levels, have been sold over the past 14 months. Diabetes is the country’s fastest-growing illness, with about 1.4 million sufferers. Experts are divided over the self-diagnosis trend: supporters claim it improves public awareness and critics insist professional medical advice is needed. New figures released to The Sunday Telegraph reveal NSW residents have bought the largest amount of Betacheck tests, accounting for more than 40 per cent of total Australian sales. Health-conscious Sydneysiders were the most likely to buy the $15 kit from retail giants Woolworths or Coles, which sold out in many stores. But pharmacy sales were dominated by people living in outer suburbs, including Penrith, Campbelltown, Blacktown and Liverpool. Customer feedback revealed the main reasons for purchasing the product were health awareness and having a family history of diabetes. Diabetes Australia has raised concerns about the DIY test, claiming it is not always accurate and that people should only be diagnosed by their doctors. But Professor Bernie Tuch, an endocrinologist at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, believes the kit is a good way of increasing detection and raising awareness about diabetes. He diagnosed himself with the condition through a blood glucose tester.He said people needed to see a medical professional as they were also likely to have other conditions, such as cardiovascular disease. Central Coast resident Delia Lazo found out she had pre-diabetes, which means her blood sugar levels were higher than normal and she was likely to develop diabetes, by taking a Betacheck test last year. She says she is managing to stave off the condition by following a healthier diet and lifestyle, while monitoring her blood sugar levels. In supermarkets, Victoria sold the second-highest number of Betacheck kits with 24 per cent, followed by Queensland at 22 per cent.  By CLAIR WEAVER.

Palabras clave: Control de glicemia, DIABETES, Representacion, Test,