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Between July 11-17th it is National Diabetes Week. Throughout all of this week, awareness is raised about the impact diabetes has on Australians health and wellbeing.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a serious complex condition that can affect the entire body. Diabetes requires daily self-care and if complications develop, diabetes can have a significant impact on quality of life and can reduce life expectancy. There is currently no cure for diabetes, you can live an enjoyable life by learning about the condition and effectively managing it.

There are different types of diabetes; all types are complex and serious. The three main types of diabetes are type 1type 2, and gestational diabetes.

Heads Up Campaign

For this year’s campaign, Diabetes Australia is continuing its Heads Up campaign which focuses on the mental and emotional health of people living with diabetes. This year, the spotlight is on diabetes stigma and mental health.

Did you know: ⁠

⚫ More than 4 in 5 people with diabetes have experienced diabetes stigma. ⁠

⚫ Nearly 50% of people with diabetes have experienced mental health challenges in the last 12 months. ⁠

Stigma affects all aspects of life for people with diabetes, including their mental health and wellbeing. ⁠

People experience diabetes stigma when they are blamed for having diabetes while managing diabetes such as injecting insulin in public and when they experience the effects and complications of diabetes such as low blood sugar. ⁠

This National Diabetes Week, let’s have a conversation about the real impact diabetes stigma can have on a person’s mental and emotional wellbeing!⁠

At Sports & Spinal we have many experienced health professionals such as Exercise Physiologist, Dietitians, and Podiatrist that have special interests in helping those with Diabetes, contact us today or head to our website to find out more information. We are here to help 💚⁠

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