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Fear of hypoglycaemia impacts emotional well-being and diabetes management

A new resource from the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) details why people living with diabetes fear hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose levels) and how they cope with their risk of hypoglycaemia. The resource, which was developed by the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes (ACBRD), in collaboration with Diabetes Australia, is entitled: Diabetes and emotional health: A handbook for health professionals supporting adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The ACBRD is a partnership for better health between Diabetes Victoria and Deakin University.

Back to school – do we have a safe and fair playground for kids with type 1 diabetes?

*Back to school – do we have a safe and fair playground for kids with type 1 diabetes? * A lack of a clear, consistent national approach to supporting children with diabetes at school means the parents of more than 11,300 Australian students with diabetes are enduring an anxious start to the school year.

If not treated appropriately type 1 diabetes can pose immediate life-threatening health risks and must be considered with the same seriousness as acute asthma attacks and anaphylaxis.

Diabetes Australia CEO A/Professor Greg Johnson said the organisation was calling for a nationally consistent program and a more systematic approach to supporting children with diabetes at school and in child care.

Could Metformin side effects be a thing of the past?

Could Metformin side effects be a thing of the past?

Researchers hope some side effects of metformin, such as unusual tiredness, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, could be a thing of the past if they can answer one of the remaining riddles associated with the drug.

Dr Tongzhi Wu, from the University of Adelaide, was recently awarded a Diabetes Australia Research Program grant to help study how metformin is absorbed into the body and how it lowers blood glucose levels.

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