If you, or someone you know, have recently been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, you may be looking for information to help you manage your diabetes. You may also be experiencing a range of emotions. Although managing diabetes may seem daunting at first, it does not prevent you from living a full and happy life.
Diabetes Queensland can help by providing ongoing support and up-to-date information. The more informed you and your carers are, the better prepared you will be to make decisions that are right for you.
Where do I start?
With so much information available it can be difficult to know what steps to take when you are first diagnosed with diabetes.
Here are our recommendations for setting yourself up to live well with diabetes.
Step 1. Register with the NDSS
Registration with the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) is free to all eligible individuals who are diagnosed with diabetes.
The NDSS is designed to assist you to self-manage your diabetes. The benefits of being registered with the NDSS include:
access to a range of subsidised products, such as blood glucose testing strips, via your NDSS access point pharmacy.
diabetes and health information, education and support services that you can access through Diabetes Queensland.
Find out more about NDSS registration.
Step 2. Set up your diabetes healthcare team
Your diabetes health care team is made up of a number of different health professionals who you can turn to for advice, support, medical treatment and annual cycle of care checks.
While your journey with diabetes may start with your GP there are also a number of other healthcare professionals that can assist you with your diabetes management and overall wellbeing.
Step 3. Find support
People who attend support groups are more confident about managing their diabetes and are less likely to suffer depression or stress. This is because support groups can give you the opportunity to meet others living with diabetes, receive the latest information, learn coping and management skills and build friendships with like-minded people.
Diabetes Queensland is also here to offer support. When you join our community, you are connected to over 33, 000 Queenslanders living with diabetes. Membership gives you access to expert advice, information and recipes, our quarterly Circle magazine, regular e-newsletters and programs and events. You also receive a discount at diabetesshop.com.
Find out more about the benefits of joining Diabetes Queensland today.
Step 4. Be informed
Monitoring and assessing your blood glucose levels (BGLs) is an important part of managing your diabetes. Some people monitor their BGLs by doing a finger prick check while others use continuous or flash glucose monitoring devices. Knowing what your BGLs mean can be overwhelming at first, however, knowing how your BGLs are affected by the food you eat, physical activity you do, stress, illness and any medications you take, will help you to understand how to manage your diabetes.
Remember, you are not alone. Diabetes Queensland is here to provide you with information, support and advice. Contact us to talk to one of our friendly team members.