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BJDASG in the news!

If you have received the latest copy of our newsletter you would have seen that our recent donation to not only our own members, but the diabetic community at large was recently aknowledged in the Bundaberg Newsmail 27th July 2011
Check it out Here if you havn’t seen it yet.


2011 Committee

Thank you to those members who participated in the AGM and also to Jack Dempsey for allowing us to use his offices for the AGM.
The Committe for 2011 is as follows:
President: Barry Fleming
Secretary: Jan O’Loughlin
Treasurer: Tracey Fleming
Commitee Members: Miranda and Dave Holt.

New Years news

Hi Everyone. A quick update.
Hope everyone has coped with the ongoing weather onslaught in Queensland and that all our members are safe and well.
The latest newsletter (Feb 2011) has been uploaded to the website today.
The webpages will be updated over the next few weeks, with new pages, links and information. Sorry about any inconvenienced caused while this occurs.


Handy Hints 03

  • Easy Devilled Eggs – Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag.  Seal, mash till they are all broken up.  Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up  mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg.  Just throw bag away when done – easy clean up.
  • Reheating refrigerated bread – To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water.  The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.
  • Newspaper weeds away – start putting in you plants, work the nutrients in your soil.  Wet newspaper, put layers around  the plants overlapping as you go, cover with mulch and forget about weeds.  Weeds will get through some gardening plastic but they will not get through wet newspaper.

NewsMail Updates

If you’ve missed out on any of the local stories that have been in the NewsMail recently about the BJDASG … here are the links.  As you can see we’ve made quite a splash!

Splash One – The Launch

Splash Two – Easter Treats

Splash Three – New Group

Splash Four – Kids having a BLAST at the launch (You Tube) This was taken in the jumping castle filled with balloons …  and it’s a little blurry but you can see how much the kids hated doing it  😀

Wet enough yet?

If you come across something that mentions the group … please pass it on and we’ll make sure everyone sees it! 


Handy Hints 02

🙂  Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef.  It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking

🙂   To really make scramble eggs or omelettes rich add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese or heavy cream in and then beat them up.

🙂  Add garlic immediately to a recipe of you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if you want a stronger taste of garlic.

🙂   Heat up leftover pizza in a non-stick skillet on top of the stove, set hear to med-low and heat till warm.  This keeps the crust crispy.  No soggy micro pizza.

from Leanne Pearce


HbA1c – What is it?

HbA1c – What is it?  What is it for?  Is it important?  What should it be?

The HbA1c is also known as A1c or glycosylated haemoglobin.  It is a measure of the degree to which glucose has become attached to a protein in red blood cells called haemoglobin.  It gives you an idea of the amount of glucose circulating in your blood over 2 to 3 months.  Your A1c result is given to you as a percentage.

The A1c test can tell you how well your diabetes management is working.  Any decrease in your A1c level is good for your long term health, but you should keep aiming below 7% to give yourself the best chance of staying healthy and complication free.

An A1c of less than 7% is generally recognised as the recommended level to achieve.  BUT for children we raise the level slightly to hopefully decrease the risk of hypoglycaemia.  If you try too hard to get an A1c less than 7%, you could cause too many hypoglycaemic episodes. (hypos)  Depending on the age of the child, an A1c between 7 and 9% may be acceptable.  If your A1c is elevated, it’s because the overall amount of glucose in your blood is higher than normal.  If this is the case, you have more chance of developing diabetes related health problems with your eyes, kidneys, nerves, heart, blood vessels and feet.

The A1c test doesn’t replace the blood glucose levels test you must do every day.  It adds to it.  You need both tests to really know how well you’re controlling your blood glucose.

The A1c test is attended in the Paediatric clinic with a finger prick test or it can be done via a blood test at a pathology lab.

Do you know what your child’s A1c level is?  Make a note of it at your next clinic and monitor their progress.

Keeping their BGL’s close to normal NOW helps reduce their chances of having health problems LATER.

Many thanks to The Fraser Coast Diabetes Service Paediatric
Newsletter for this article.