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“This is really critical”: diabetes groups alarmed by fall in patients presenting for check-ups

Diabetes Australia, the Australian Diabetes Society and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners are urging people living with diabetes to have their routine pathology and other check-ups to avoid long-term damage to their health.

Around 1.35 million Australians have diabetes. This includes all types of diagnosed diabetes. For all types of diabetes, keeping blood glucose levels within a target range helps prevent both short-term and long-term complications. This is ensured with regular pathology tests and follow-up appointments with their health professional.

A Message to the Diabetes Community

Australia’s leading national diabetes organisations are standing together to support people with diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These are unprecedented times. However, Australia’s diabetes community is strong and resilient – and working together we are stronger.

We are united and focused on one thing – supporting and advocating for the health and wellbeing of all Australians with diabetes, and their families and support networks, and diabetes health professionals during this pandemic.

COVID-19 (coronavirus) planning for people with diabetes

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic threat is being addressed by all Australian Governments and health services.

People with diabetes may be concerned about their risk, and also the availability of insulin and other essential medicines and their National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) products and supplies.

The Department of Health has advised Diabetes Australia that there are no current shortages or supply issues with insulin, diabetes medicines or NDSS products. People with diabetes are advised to order and obtain your diabetes medicines and supplies as usual. There is no need to stockpile.

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