National Diabetes Week 2020 - What is Diabetes Distress? - Diabetes WA

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National Diabetes Week 2020

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What is diabetes distress?

National Diabetes Week 12 – 18 July

Diabetes distress is the emotional burden of living with and managing diabetes, and can be really difficult to deal with.

Diabetes distress can vary depending on a person’s individual circumstance, but it can include:

  • Feeling overwhelmed by the demands of living with diabetes
  • Feeling concerned that they’re ‘failing’ with diabetes management
  • Worrying about the risks of long-term complications
  • Feeling frustrated that they can’t manage their diabetes from one day to the next
  • Feeling guilty when their diabetes management falls off course.

Read more about diabetes distress here:

If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed by their diabetes management, feel free to call the @DiabetesWA helpline, 1300 001 880, to speak to a Credentialled Diabetes Educator. It is open Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm.



Urgent support information

If you, or someone you know, are in a life-threatening emergency, please contact 000 or go to your nearest hospital immediately.

If you are experiencing a non-life-threatening emergency, please visit your GP as soon as possible.

You could also consider contacting:

  • Lifeline WA on 13 11 14
  • Healthdirect on 1800 022 002.

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