National Diabetes Week
National Diabetes Week 2021 – runs from 11 – 17 July
In 2021, we are continuing our Heads Up campaign which focuses on the mental and emotional health of people living with diabetes. This year, the spotlight is on diabetes stigma and mental health.
- More than 4 in 5 people with diabetes have experienced diabetes stigma.
- Nearly 50 per cent of people with diabetes have experienced mental health challenges in the last 12 months.
Stigma affects all aspects of life for people with diabetes, including their mental health and wellbeing.
People experience diabetes stigma when they are blamed for having diabetes, while managing diabetes such as injecting insulin in public and when they experience the affects and complications of diabetes such as low blood sugar.
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.
Practical steps to reduce your risk of heart disease if you have diabetes yourself: (or share them with a loved one who does)
1. Be physically active, ideally 30 mins every day
2. Include a variety of healthy foods in your diet
3. Manage your blood cholesterol and blood pressure levels
4. Limiting your alcohol intake (see our recent posts for some helpful tips)
5. Get regular heart health check ups!
Help raise awareness about the campaign by spreading the word.
Originally posted on Diabetes Australia. For the original article, click here.