I’ve been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, what do I do now?

People living with type 1 diabetes have lifelong daily insulin injections or use an insulin pump, test their blood glucose level multiple times a day, need to be conscious of their diet and eating healthy food, and participate in regular physical activity to help manage their diabetes.

This can be very overwhelming and sometimes makes people feel anger, sadness, grief, denial, loss, fear and in some cases relief.  These are all normal emotional responses and the key is to remember that you are not alone.

To help you get on track following your diagnosis, we have put together four important steps for you to follow:

Step 1: Register with the NDSS
Step 2: Learn about diabetes and how to manage it
Step 3: Create a support network
Step 4: Set yourself some goals

1,133,412 people with diabetes are registered with the NDSS

Diabetes NSW & ACT can help to answer your questions and
provide you with support – call us on 1300 136 588

Step 1: Register with the NDSS

The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) is a free program sponsored by the Australian Government that subsidises the cost of blood glucose testing supplies and offers free needles and syringes to people who take insulin. It is available to all Australian residents who have been diagnosed with diabetes.

To register with the NDSS, you must fill in a form and have it signed by a doctor or a diabetes educator. For more information about registering with the NDSS including accessing the form, click here.

Step 2: Learn about diabetes and how to manage it

Become a member of Diabetes NSW & ACT.  We will provide you with support and information, including a range of benefits and services.

Select your diabetes health care team. If you’re not sure who should be in your diabetes health care team, watch these videos to understand who can help you and how.

Attend education sessions and speak with your general practitioner (GP) or a diabetes educator.  They will help you to make healthy food choices, show you the importance of physical activity, talk to you about blood glucose monitoring, and much more to help you live your life.

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Step 3: Create a support network

It’s important that you have people around you who are aware of your diagnosis and can offer you the support and care you need. Remember:

  • Everyone has different experiences with diabetes
  • Treatment recommendations are individual
  • Diabetes support groups are there to help you
  • Services are available to assist with important issues
  • Talk about your feelings – counselling may be helpful
  • Listen to loved one’s concerns – you could invite them to see your GP with you

and importantly

  •  Laughter is a great medicine so keep doing things you enjoy!

Step 4: Set yourself some goals

Many of Diabetes NSW & ACT ambassadors have said that diabetes did not affect their goals in life – their diagnosis only made them set a few new goals and enhanced their determination to overcome their challenges and live their life. Their stories are empowering – you can see their stories on our community page.

The key is to take it one step at a time!

For more information you can call Diabetes NSW & ACT on 1300 136 588 and ask to speak with one of our diabetes educators. They are trained to help you set your goals with realistic expectations, and will support you to move in the direction you choose to go.