Managing Type 1 Diabetes

Managing type 1 diabetes
Managing Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is a life-long condition but it doesn't have to be a life sentence. New technology, disease management options and research to find a cure for type 1 diabetes are all making progress. We're not there yet but there is hope for a cure.

How can JDRF help?

JDRF is dedicated to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications through the support of the best and most promising medical research.

You can stay up to date on the latest type 1 diabetes research and get connected to the type 1 diabetes community, with our monthly type 1 diabetes newsletter. JDRF also offers a range of type 1 diabetes support programs and you can also chose to join us in the search for a cure by participating in one of our fundraising events.

Remember, you are not alone - JDRF is here to help.

Regular Health Checkups

This is the part that most of us don't like thinking about - possible type 1 diabetes complications. Complications are associated with having higher than normal blood glucose levels over a long period of time.

Look after yourself by having the following regular health check ups:

  • HbA1c - every 3 months
  • Blood pressure - every doctor's visit
  • Cholesterol - every year
  • Eyes - every one to two years
  • Feet - every year
  • Kidneys - every year
  • Teeth and gums - regularly

Medicare will cover the costs of five visits a year to allied health professionals (like dieticians and podiatrists).

Talking it over

Type 1 diabetes can sometimes seem like a full-time job! It can be incredibly hard and frustrating - especially when your results are not as great as you'd hoped. Because of this, many people experience ‘diabetes burnout'. They try to ignore the fact they have type 1 diabetes.

It's important to know the signs of these conditions, and to realise that you're not alone. If you need to talk anything over, don't hesitate to contact:

Medicare also provide a $75 rebate per visit if you are referred to a registered clinical psychologist by your doctor.