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I’ve always been a pretty stressed and highly strung sort of person. When I was diagnosed with diabetes at 19 years old, my immediate reaction was to work super hard at getting it “perfect” (classic overachiever!). I’ve never been able to afford an insulin pump, so managing with injections has obviously NOT been “perfect”. There are times when I get so frustrated because I’m doing everything “right” but my BGLs aren’t reflecting that. I’ve really had to let go of the idea of managing it perfectly, and focus on celebrating small wins – like an entire night within my target range!

“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.

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