According to Diabetes Australia, there were 118,776 people registered with NDSS in March 2018. That number may not seem very large in comparison to other chronic health conditions, though Type 1 Diabetes affects not only the physical aspects of those diagnosed but also their mental health.
On the outside, those with T1D appear just like everyone else, happy and healthy. It is hard to explain the condition, to those who are not familiar, of what is involved in managing the diagnosis and how challenging it can be at times with no reprieve. It is a condition that requires constant monitoring. It can be difficult not only for the person diagnosed but also their immediate families, siblings and extended families.
For these reasons, there is help at hand.
Diabetes Australia have representative organisations in each State and there is also the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) who support children and their families who are diagnosed across Australia.
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has created a booklet ‘Live your Life in Style’ to provide tips and assistance for those living with T1D.