Information for people living with type 2 diabetes
If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you may be experiencing a range of emotions, and may have many questions.
Managing diabetes is not easy, but it’s also not impossible. Diabetes can usually be managed within your daily routine, provided you follow your diabetes management plan. Understanding diabetes and your body is the first step in effective diabetes management.
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 professionals that can assist you with your diabetes management and overall wellbeing.
Find out more about your diabetes healthcare team.
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, because they feel they have the knowledge to better manage their diabetes.
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 become a member, you are connected to a community of 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 10% discount on all full priced items purchased 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. It might seem overwhelming at first, but the more you know about your body and how it is affected by the food you eat, physical you do and any medications you take, the more you’ll know about your diabetes and be in a position to manage it and live well.
Just remember, you are not alone. Diabetes Queensland is here to offer information, support and advice. Contact us to talk to one of our friendly team members.