Are you living with type 2 diabetes? Has your GP hinted it
might be time to start insulin? Have you tried all oral medications
available and yet your blood glucose levels are still higher than
your target range? Don't bury your head in the sand.
'Living with Insulin' was made for people just like you.
It is also a great program for people already living with insulin,
for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, who might benefit from
refreshing their knowledge. Read our testimonials from real
people, renamed for privacy, who discovered that they really can
live better with insulin after attending the workshop.
Starting insulin will give you so much more energy and
dramatically reduce your risk of going to hospital with high blood
We all need insulin for our bodies to function properly. If you
don't have enough insulin you will feel tired and be at risk of
long-term complications. Below are some of the testimonies of real
people, renamed for privacy. They found that they can live better
with insulin after coming to the workshop.
Jim is a 67-year-old farmer living with type 2 diabetes who has
lost a lot of weight and is very active. He takes tablets but his
blood glucose levels are still rising and he has less energy these
days. He was reluctant to start injecting insulin but he now says:
"After hearing I will have more energy and understanding how simple
injecting insulin will be, I feel ready. It was a boost to hear
from other people who also had fears about starting on
Cheryl is a 50-year-old receptionist living with late onset type
1 diabetes. She was initially diagnosed with type 2 diabetes due to
her age at diagnosis. "My blood glucose levels were going higher
and higher regardless of the dieting, exercise and medication," she
says. "It was very frustrating until I went for a specialist
appointment and was sent for further tests. Starting insulin was a
complete relief. Attending the living with insulin program was of
huge benefit to me. I have a greater understanding of diabetes.
After sharing the experience with other people, I don't feel alone.
I know what to do and how to find help when I need it."
Bob has used insulin for the past decade but came along to
refresh his knowledge.
"I really needed to learn all over again about using insulin,"
he said. "It's like when you have had your driver's licence for
many years, bad habits creep in and the road rules change over
time. I realised after attending the course that there was a lot I
could improve on. It was great to share some of the frustrations I
feel out loud and to hear how other people cope with injecting
insulin on a day to day basis."
The small group in the Living with Insulin program allows people
to share experience and knowledge freely. While you will be guided
to learn about insulin and diabetes, your facilitator will use your
knowledge and experience to help you live well with insulin.
We look forward to seeing you there. For more information on
when and where and more about Living With insulin programs please