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National Diabetes Week 2020 : Heads Up

Heads Up on Diabetes Campaign Launch

National Diabetes Week runs from 12th July to 18th July 2020. This year, the “Heads Up on Diabetes” campaign launched. With diabetes comes many stresses and worries. The launch of the new campaign aims to focus on the mental health impacts on those living with diabetes.

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Prevention and Management of Diabetes

Did you know that more than 1 million Australians live with a diabetes diagnosis? And there are potentially hundreds of thousands of Australians living with diabetes and they don’t even know it. Many people with a confirmed diagnosis have Type II diabetes, which is largely a preventable disease.

Diabetes contributes to thousands of deaths each year in Australia. More than half of these mortalities relate to Type II diabetes. For that reason, education is key to the prevention and management of diabetes in Australia.

According to Diabetes Australia, Type II diabetes signifies 85 to 90% of all cases. Although family history and age are risk factors for developing the disease, there are other significant lifestyle factors. For instance, high blood pressure and being overweight are some of the other risk factors.

More to Think About After Diagnosis

Having a diagnosis of diabetes changes people’s lives. Suddenly you’re thinking about what you’re eating. You’re considering when you need to take your blood glucose levels, and how much to exercise each day. You might be on a new oral medication regime. For some people, they’ll have to adjust to giving themselves injections of insulin. There are so many more considerations each day that revolve around lifestyle and health when you live with diabetes.

Mental Health and Diabetes

Those living with Type I and Type II diabetes have several daily health choices. From health issues associated with diabetes to diet management, there’s a great deal to think about. Consequently, those affected by diabetes often experience issues with mental or emotional health as a result of the extra burdens associated with living with diabetes.

The Australian government invests millions of dollars annually into mental health services and suicide prevention. They also provide funding for the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS). This National Diabetes Week focuses on mental and emotional health, spreading the word that there’s mental health support available for those living with diabetes.

Finally, if you need immediate help you can contact Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636. To access digital mental health resources, go to Head to Health. For further information on National Diabetes Week 2020, head to Diabetes Australia.


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