Healthy lifestyle tips

Diabetes diagnosis usually comes as a shock and unwelcome surprise to most people. Emotions such as anger, sadness, grief, denial, loss, relief and fear may be experienced at this time. If these emotions become too difficult to deal with, it is important to seek professional assistance.

Often, it’s not only the newly diagnosed who may need time to adjust to the diagnosis, but family and friends may also need to adjust to the news. You may be one of the many people who support someone with diabetes. You may need to work through these feelings and find a place where you feel comfortable discussing them.

The diagnosis and treatment of diabetes involves complex recommendations, including healthy eating, physical activity, medication, blood glucose management and weight control, which all play a part in working to avoid diabetes-related complications.

Family and friends are an important part of everyday life but when someone has diabetes that encouragement and support can become vital.

You
can still
live your life!

Have a good laugh together – humour is a great medicine!

The following points are designed to help you:

Learn about diabetes and its treatment
  • Attend an education session (Speak with your GP or to Diabetes NSW)
  • Obtain and read educational material from a recognised source such as Diabetes NSW.
  • Become a member of Diabetes NSW and receive ongoing information and support.
  • Remain aware of diabetes management recommendations.
Take time to discuss feelings
  • Share how you feel (through family, friends, professional counselling).
  • Listen to your loved ones’ concerns.
  • Talk with your health care provider (GP, Diabetes Educator).
  • Do something that you enjoy.
Avoid unrealistic expectations
  • Perfect behaviour is not possible.
  • Realistic expectations create positive feelings.
  • Raised blood glucose levels are not always behaviour-related.
Provide effective support
  • Be aware everyone has a different experience with diabetes.
  • Be aware of personal treatment recommendations.
  • Have a good laugh together – humour is a great medicine!
  • Join a diabetes support group.

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There are a range of tips, articles and practical ideas to help you live your life!

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There are many services available to assist you to Live your life with diabetes. Call Diabetes NSW 1300 342 238 or visit a Diabetes Educator, your GP or your Local Community Health Centre

Speak with your health care team if you have any questions.