One in four people in Australia are affected by diabetes. Whether you have type 1, type 2, pre diabetes, gestational diabetes or are caring for someone else with diabetes this series offers information, support, tips and advice on a range of topics.

We bring together members of the public, health professionals and subject experts to discuss everything from understanding diabetes tests through to dealing with burnout.

Just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes?

It can be very daunting when you are first diagnosed with diabetes. Angela Blair, Credentialled Diabetes Educator talks to Sue Ellen, who has just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. They discuss her diagnosis and Angela answers some of Sue Ellen’s questions and concerns on topics such as metformin, insulin, blood glucose levels, diet and more.

 

Understanding diabetes tests

HbA1c, blood glucose level, cholesterol (lipids), kidney function tests. Why do you need them and what do they tell you about your diabetes? Credentialled Diabetes Educators Carolien Koreneff and Angela Blair discuss the tests taken at both diagnosis and post diagnosis.

 

How can the NDSS benefit you?

What is the NDSS? Why should you register and what programs and services are available to you? Credentialled Diabetes Educator, Angela Blair, talks to Mark Bennett, NDSS Helpline Team Leader about the support services the NDSS provides. Whether you are managing pre diabetes, type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes this episode gives you the low down on the help you can get from the NDSS.

 

Diabetes and food myths

Is there a special diet for people with diabetes? Can you eat fruit when you have diabetes? Should you cut out all carbs? Accredited Practising Dietitians Mellissa Hay and Kate Gudorf from Diabetes NSW & ACT explore food myths and answer your most frequently-asked questions.

 

Diabetes and burnout

Diabetes burnout is a surprisingly common condition and can cover a gamut of emotions from anxiety and irritability to indifference, fear and depression. Linda Farrugia, General Manager Health Services talks to Dr Vered Gordon, a GP and the General Practice Education Program Developer at the Black Dog Institute. They discuss the importance of emotional wellbeing, how to recognise diabetes burnout, ideas and strategies for coping and where to get support.

 

Diabulimia

Katie Allison, Accredited Practising Dietitian and Dr Lisa Robins, Clinical Psychologist discuss Diabulimia – the intentional misuse of insulin for weight loss. Diabulimia is a treatable condition but it is different from traditional eating disorders and needs to be treated so. If you, or someone you care for, is showing signs of an eating disorder this episode will direct you to available help.

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