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.

New research may help break the cycle of intergenerational diabetes

New research, to be undertaken at the Menzies Institute and funded by Diabetes Australia, will investigate the barriers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers accessing optimal healthcare during pregnancy and may help to address the intergenerational cycle of diabetes.

Dr Renae Kirkham will look at a range of factors including cross-cultural communication, late initiation of antenatal care, poor access to specialist diabetes care and a lack of integration in health services.

Federal Parliamentarians get their eyes checked to mark World Diabetes Day and the “Eyes on Diabetes” campaign to prevent blindness

Over 25 federal MP’s and Senators had their eyes checked at Parliament House on 23 November using a special camera which photographs the retina to enable early detection of diabetes-related damage to the eyes.

The event was co-sponsored by two Parliamentary Friends Groups - the Diabetes group co-chaired by Rowan Ramsay MP and Graham Perrett MP; and the Eye Health and Vision Care group co-chaired by Hon Amanda Rishworth MP and Dr Andrew Laming MP (who is also an eye specialist). Minister for Health Hon Sussan Ley MP spoke at the event.

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