During National Diabetes Awareness Week we acknowledge that the disease increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and lower limb amputation. However, Diabetes Australia has launched a new campaign, Let’s Rethink Diabetes, to raise awareness for a less recognised impact of the condition: reduced mental health due to the negative stigma surrounding it. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
The foundation director of the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes, Professor Jane Speight, has presented to the 82nd Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association on how harmful diabetes stigma can be to people living with this serious condition.
More than 17,000 Australians have died from diabetes-related illness over the past 12 months - it's the nation's fastest-growing chronic disease. Up to 20 per cent of Australia's aged care residents suffer from diabetes. A new national plan for tackling the crisis was released on Sunday.