Diabetes doesn’t need to be stressful: getting the balance right

Diabetes distress is the increased worry or anxiety about the management of blood sugar levels once you have been diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

This struggle is not unusual for people diagnosed with diabetes as there is great emphasis placed on the individual to maintain their blood sugar levels within the desired range.

This can create increased stress, guilt and anxiety for some people when they perceive they aren’t doing what they feel they should,” says Emma Salt, Health Psychologist at EACH.

Caroline Smith knows only too well the struggle that having diabetes can present: “There is often a battle in your mind between what you ‘should’ be doing and what you would ‘like’ to do,” says Caroline, a Launching Place resident who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 19 years ago and recently completed the DAFNE (Dose Adjustment For Normal Eating) course at EACH.

Professor Jane Speight, Foundation Director of the Australian Centre for Behavioral Research in Diabetes found 1 in 4 people with type 1 diabetes and 1 in 5 people with type 2 diabetes experience severe diabetes distress. Her research showed people with diabetes may also experience other emotional and mental health problems including fear of hypoglycaemia, and symptoms of depression and anxiety. (Source: Diabetes Australia – https://goo.gl/PAbxkz)

As part of Diabetes Awareness Week (8th-14th July), we are supporting people in the community to decrease the stress that can be involved with managing diabetes through events themed around Diabetes – Getting the Balance Right.

Information sessions will be held on Wednesday, 11th July 2018 to support participants with type 1 and type 2 diabetes with ideas on how to better manage diabetes, but also how to balance this out with enjoyment of life.

The type 1 diabetes event will focus on balancing carb counting, blood sugar levels and body weight as well as a technology update. While the type 2 diabetes event will host a panel of health professionals, including a Diabetes Educator, Dietitian, Health Psychologist, Dentist and Podiatrist who will advise on things to watch out for and what can be done to improve control and reduce the risk of complications, with a strong focus on creating the balance to manage diabetes and enjoy life.

Event Details: Getting the Balance Right

Date: Wednesday, 11th July 2018

Venue: EACH – Shire Hall, 1063 Burwood Highway Ferntree Gully 3156

Time: Type 2 Diabetes Event is at 12.45pm – 3.15pm and Type 1 Diabetes Event is at 6.15pm – 8.30pm

Bookings Essential: For more information or to register, contact Meagan Watson on 9757 6210 or via meagan.watson@each.com.au.

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