National Diabetes Week 2022 is on from 10 July to 16 July. This year’s awareness week will focus on the emotional health and well-being of people living with diabetes.
This National Diabetes Week let’s have a conversation about the real impact diabetes stigma can have on a person’s mental and emotional wellbeing.
Research conducted by the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes (ACBRD), found that four out of five people living with diabetes have experienced stigma at some point. People living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes both reported feeling this way.
It can lead to people not sharing their diagnosis with others, getting the help and support they need, being interested to learn more about their diabetes or doing what they need to do each day to manage their diabetes and stay well.
There are many reasons someone might feel stigma. Mentally this can be a lot to deal with and can impact how someone manages their diabetes having a flow on effect to their physical and emotional health.
Did you know diabetes…
- Is the leading cause of blindness in working age adults?
- Is a leading cause of kidney failure?
- Is the leading cause of preventable limb amputations?
- Increase a person’s risk of heart attacks and stroke by up to four times?
To learn more about National Diabetes Week and register for events taking place during this week visit the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) website.