A life­sAv­ing di­Ag­no­sis?

Healthy Food Guide (Australia) - - FEATURES -

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).

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