National Diabetes Week runs from the 9th to 15th of July this year, with our focus being the mental and emotional health of people living with diabetes. Raising awareness will shine a light on diabetes stigma and mental health.
According to Diabetes Australia:
- More than 4 in 5 people with diabetes have experienced diabetes stigma.
- Almost 700,000 people living with diabetes experience a mental or emotional health challenge every year.
Stigma is experienced in different ways, be it being blamed for having diabetes, injecting insulin in public, or when experiencing the effects and complications of diabetes such as low blood sugar.
This National Diabetes Week let’s rethink how we think about diabetes.
- Let’s reduce the burden with more compassion.
- Let’s reduce the blame with more understanding.
- Let’s reduce the barriers and help people get support.
- Let’s rethink
Diabetics can face additional challenges, which is why we recommend you are prepared by:
- Having a sick day management plan.
- Managing your blood sugar levels with the use of a blood glucose monitor.
- Having a discussion with your doctor about your diabetes.
People with diabetes are at a higher risk of severe complications from the flu and are more likely to develop serious respiratory conditions. Hence, we at the friendlies recommend you get the yearly flu vaccine to stay protected.
We also understand that some people may be struggling with their mental health during these challenging times. If you need support, the NDSS National Helpline is more than happy to help (1800 637 700) or come and see us at our 2 handy pharmacy locations and we can point you in the right direction.
Help us raise awareness about diabetes by spreading the word.