FACT: There’s no such thing as “just a little bit of” diabetes….
“I have a mild case of diabetes.”
Recently overheard in a Perth doctor’s waiting room. True story
At Diabetes WA, we often hear people with type 2 diabetes say their HbA1c was “just above” normal when they were diagnosed. Some of those people say with diet and exercise, they have brought it back to a normal range. They wonder if they have reversed their diabetes.
Diabetes is a lifelong condition and there is no cure. All types of diabetes (Type 1, Type 2 & Gestational Diabetes) are serious and require ongoing management to reduce the risk of complications and to live well with diabetes.
However, diabetes can be managed, and complications related to diabetes can be avoided, if not delayed.
Regardless of type of diabetes, it is important to be registered on the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) so that you can access free programs and services, as well as product, if needed.
By being registered on the NDSS a person can:
- Book and attend a range of FREE structured diabetes education and self-management programs (for Type 1, Type 2 & Gestational Diabetes) run by Diabetes WA*
- Participate in the pilot programs for MyDESMOND and Baby Steps**
- Access the new MyDESMOND Type 2 and Baby Steps post-gestational diabetes interactive online education and lifestyle programs, which are due to be rolled out during 2020
- Access online resources and programs
- Access support from health professionals and support care workers
- Join peer support programs, and
- Access fact sheets, guides, brochures and other resources regarding diabetes self-management
- Access subsidised diabetes management products and consumables.
We know that you know diabetes never “goes away”, but when patients work with local health professionals, and actively self-manage their diabetes with lifestyle changes and medication, type 2 diabetes can go into remission.
Being registered with the NDSS and engaging with Diabetes WA can go a long way to self-managing your diabetes, regardless of type.
*Please note that programs and workshops run by Diabetes WA DO NOT count towards a persons allied health visits.