World Diabetes Day 2018Wednesday, 7 November 2018
This World Diabetes Day we’re acknowledging families and showing our appreciation for the things they do every day to help us detect, prevent and care for those living with diabetes.
There are currently 1.3 million Australians living with diabetes. For every person who is living with diabetes, there are family, friends, and carers who offer support which doubles or even triples the number of people dealing with the challenges of diabetes every day.
Early diagnosis and treatment of diabetes is key to helping prevent or delay life-threatening complications. If type 1 diabetes is not detected early, it can be fatal. While a delayed diagnosis of type 2 diabetes can lead to complications like blindness, amputation, kidney or heart disease.
Knowing the signs and symptoms of diabetes is all part of early detection and can help protect you and your family.
We know a healthy lifestyle that includes a healthy diet and exercise can delay or prevent 58% of type 2 diabetes. When families eat healthy meals and exercises together, everyone benefits and it encourages behaviour that can help prevent type 2 diabetes.
Caring for someone with diabetes
The role families and friends in the care and support for those living with diabetes can’t be underestimated. Managing diabetes requires daily treatment, regular monitoring, a healthy lifestyle and ongoing education.
If someone in your family is living with diabetes, knowing they have your care and support to meet the challenges of the condition will make a big difference to both their physical and emotional wellbeing.
Tell us about your diabetes family
We’d love to hear all about the people in your family who are there to help and support you. Tell us about your diabetes family and acknowledge those who are most important to you by posting their photo and a short message on our Facebook page using the hashtag #mydiabetesfamily.
Join our diabetes family
Diabetes NSW & ACT is here to support the 435,000 people in NSW and the ACT currently living with diabetes. We provide a range of educational programs covering everything from diabetes management, diet, exercise and emotional wellbeing. We offer training programs for teachers and carers looking after children with type 1 in their care and we connect you to others living with diabetes so you can create supportive networks in your area.
Find out more about the benefits of becoming a member of Diabetes NSW & ACT here or find an event in your local area by searching here.
Help us spread the word about diabetes signs and symptoms
If you’d like to help us raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of diabetes and the important role of the family download these posters and share them in your workplace, school or with friends.