Living with diabetes

When you are diagnosed with diabetes it can be overwhelming.

If you or someone you know has been newly diagnosed with diabetes, your GP will provide you with a lot of information and ask you a number of questions, including your eating patterns, weight history, blood pressure, medications you might be taking, whether you smoke or drink alcohol, any family history of heart disease or stroke and any treatments you have received for other health problems.

This can be overwhelming. Don’t be too alarmed by these questions, your GP isn’t prying. All of this information has a bearing on your diabetes and how to best manage it.

Remember you are not alone – whether you have just been diagnosed or if you have lived with diabetes for sometime.

With the help and support of family, friends, health professionals, online or printed resources and of course us at Diabetes Tasmania, you can learn to be confident in managing your diabetes.

By following the links on the right, you will find lots of information to help you or your loved one who is living with diabetes.

Diabetes and COVID-19

What you need to know about COVID-19

COVID-19 has impacted all of us in many different ways. It’s affecting the way we work, the way we interact with the world around us, the way we look after our health.

And, as you know, diabetes doesn’t take a break. It can be hard to know what to do, or where to find the right help and support during this time.

Naturally, we receive many questions about COVID-19, diabetes, and the vaccine. To help answer these questions, Diabetes Australia has published information on their website including a list of frequently asked questions.

To read about what you need to know about COVID-19, symptoms and testing, protecting yourself and others, COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ as well as diabetes medicines and products, visit: Diabetes Australia.

You can also visit www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/my-vaccine  or call the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 or call your GP.

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