Diabetic Living Australia – July-August 2019

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I feel like diabetes is really
hard work and I’m just
not coping. It’s getting on
top of me and I feel angry
about it. Is this normal?
Rachel says: This can
be a normal part of
dealing with the day-
to-day management of
diabetes. Because diabetes
is a chronic condition,
meaning it is long-term,
it can feel like a burden.
There is a common
condition called ‘diabetes
distress’ and health
professionals are on the
lookout for this with
their patients who have
diabetes. There is help
available and it is highly
encouraged that you speak
to your health professional
about how you are feeling.
It is important to find
a health professional who
has the time to listen,
so you can share your
concerns and feelings
and discuss ways to help.
There may also be a
support group in your
area that you can join.
Often it’s a good way to
share experiences and
find out from other
people with diabetes
that you’re not alone.
Rachel Freeman, diabetes educator
Email your questions to:
[email protected]
Post: Diabetic Living, Q&A: Health,
GPO Box 7805, Sydney, NSW 2001.
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