Whether you live with diabetes, or know someone who does, here a few ways you can help to support and show greater understanding:
Diabetes is a commonly misunderstood condition, and there are stigmas associated with the condition that can contribute to people living with diabetes feeling alone and misunderstood.
Being a good listener is often the most important thing you can do to help. Take the time to listen to someone who lives with diabetes to understand more about what it means to them, and educate yourself on the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, risk factors, and how to manage diabetes.
Here are some good resources to get started:
At times the language used when talking about diabetes can be polarising, which contributes to negative stigmas around diabetes, and for some who live with diabetes incorrect language may lead them to feel categorised and defined by their condition.
Diabetes, and the management of it, is an individual journey to finding a balanced approach that works. Using encouraging, and positive language is key to supporting someone who lives with diabetes.
Take the time to understand what it means to live with diabetes, so you can be part of the solution and offer support and genuine understanding to those who live with the condition.
It’s important to understand that type 1 and type 2 diabetes are distinctively different. People who live with type 1 diabetes don’t produce insulin, whereas people with type 2 diabetes may not make enough insulin or their body may not respond to it as well as it should.
You may be at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes if you:
- Have a family history of diabetes
- Are over 40 years old
- Are physically inactive and/or have poor diet
- Are a smoker
- Have high blood pressure
If you are unsure whether you or someone you know could be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, ask your Amcal pharmacist for a Diabetes Health Check.
Amcal’s Diabetes Health Check can assess your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and covers:
- On-the-spot finger prick blood test (HbA1c)*
- A HbA1c test measures the amount of glucose (sugar) attached to your red blood cells. The test provides a measure of whether there has been too much sugar in your blood over the previous 3 months.
- Quit Smoking Advice
- AUSDRISK Questionnaire
- Weight Management advice
- Lifestyle advice
*The HBA1c test may not be available in all stores. Fees may apply.)