How do I stay well?

Congratulations – you’ve taken the first step in learning more about managing your diabetes and living your life.

Diabetes NSW is here to help you on your journey. Learning about healthy food choices, the importance of physical activity, the health care teamblood glucose monitoring and preventing complications can help you to live well with type 2 diabetes.

Some things you can do to help you understand and manage your diabetes are:

  • Attend an education session (speak with your GP or a diabetes educator at 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, support and discounts on diabetes products
  • Register with the NDSS

Diabetes NSW has a range of information sheets to help you better understand diabetes in english, other languages as well as specifically for Indigenous Australians.

1 person is diagnosed with diabetes every 5 minutes

Learn how to manage your diabetes and Live your life!

Take the time to discuss your and other people’s feelings

Often, it’s not only the newly diagnosed person who may require time to adjust to the diagnosis, but family and friends may also need time to deal with the news. You may be one of many who supports someone with diabetes. Family and friends are an important part of everyday life and their understanding, encouragement and support can become vital.

  • Share your feelings with family, friends, and/or through professional counselling
  • Listen to your loved ones’ concerns
  • Talk with your health care provider (GP or diabetes educator)
  • Do something that you enjoy!

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It’s important to avoid unrealistic expectations!

  • Perfect behaviour is not possible
  • Realistic expectations create positive feelings
  • Raised blood glucose levels are not always behaviour-related

You are not alone!

Create a support network to help you manage your diabetes. Talk to other people who are living with diabetes. You could join a support group, or talk to an educator or your GP to put you in touch with other people with diabetes. Be aware though, that everyone has a different experience with diabetes and have individual treatment recommendations. Above all, have a good laugh together – humour is a great medicine!