A lifesAving diAgnosis?
One in four Australians live with diabetes or pre-diabetes, so chances are you know someone it has touched. But you may not be aware of the negative effect it can have on a person’s general wellbeing. People living with diabetes can often endure much higher levels of emotional distress, depression and anxiety than other aussies, which can lead to ‘burnout’ in areas of their lives. a lot of myths, misinformation and stigma surround diabetes — but with the right support you can lessen the personal burden and maybe even come to view diagnosis as a life saver. as yvonne’s story on p24 shows, learning you have diabetes can help you prioritise your health, encourage you to spring-clean your lifestyle and eating habits, and connect you to an enthusiastic team of people who are positive and encouraging. if you or someone you know feels distressed about diabetes, speak to a doctor or encourage them to do so, or call the national diabetes infoline on 1300 136 588 (diabetesaustralia.com. au) or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 (beyondblue. org.au).