Research Summary: Eye and kidney problems are causing the most worry people with type 1 diabetes - Diabetes WA
 In Diabetes Research, T1DE, Type 1

In a recent study carried out by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) of more than 1300 Australians living with type 1 diabetes (T1D), more than two-thirds of respondents mentioned eye (68%) and kidney (67%) problems as the key diabetes-related complications they worry about the most, followed by circulation issues leading to amputations (62%) and heart disease (57%). 

In a recent study carried out by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) of more than 1300 Australians living with type 1 diabetes (T1D), more than two-thirds of respondents mentioned eye (68%) and kidney (67%) problems as the key diabetes-related complications they worry about the most, followed by circulation issues leading to amputations (62%) and heart disease (57%). 

The challenges and fear of developing complications for people living with type 1 diabetes are real. In fact, research shows that the anxiety and distress that this fear ignites can potentially cause more harm than actually developing a complication and detecting it at an early stage.  

The respondents also noted that living with T1D can impact their romantic relationships (40%), career decisions (33%) and the financial impact limiting access to diabetes technologies including pumps (45%) and continuous glucose monitoring (71%)Receiving support was found to be an important factor to better management of T1D, however, 30% of people reported they did not have sufficient support, including access to healthcare professionals. 

Diabetes WA is working hard to help Western Australians living with T1D to overcome these fears and concerns, which can be addressed on multiple fronts: 

Firstly, through education and increased awareness, the management of diabetes and overall health and wellbeing can be improved. Many of the T1D workshops and webinars Diabetes WA offer are designed to alleviate these fears, providing Western Australians with evidence-based skills and knowledge for better managing their diabetes. These include DAFNE (Dose Adjustment For Normal Eating), FootSmart, ShopSmart, Living with Insulin, Physical Activity for T1D, Sick Day Management for T1D amongst others.

Secondly, through both personal and professional care and support, in the form of family and friends and that received from your team of diabetes health professionals made up of your GP, endocrinologist, Credentialled Diabetes Educators, dietitian, exercise physiologist and more. We offer both Helpline and Telehealth services with Credentialled Diabetes Educators and run support groups and forums for emotional and peer support. 

Finally, for some people living with type 1 diabetes, the trial and/or adoption of technology such as continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) and insulin pumps may help to allay the looming or overwhelming fear of developing diabetes-related complications

You can read the full research report here.

 

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