What is Diabetes? - Living With Diabetes | Diabetes Qualified
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Living with or preventing diabetes
What is Diabetes
Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar known as glucose. For your body to work properly, you need to maintain a healthy level of glucose in your blood. Glucose is your body’s main source of energy. It comes from the carbohydrate foods you eat, such as bread, pasta, rice, cereals, fruits, starchy vegetables, milk and yoghurt. When you eat these foods, your blood stream carries the glucose around your body, where your cells convert it into energy. To break down the glucose so it can enter your cells, your body needs insulin, a hormone produced in your pancreas. If you have diabetes, it means your pancreas makes too little insulin, or none at all. The glucose you eat will stay in your blood instead of being turned into energy. High levels of glucose in your blood can have short- and long-term effects on your body, possibly causing damage to your heart, brain, kidneys, eyes and feet.
Type 2 Diabetes and Me online learning program
The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) has developed a free online course to help people learn more about living with diabetes, show them where to go for support and provide links to additional information and resources. Participants can enrol here to start learning today
Do you support people with diabetes who are using or transitioning to insulin? Living with Insulin is an online learning hub to help them become more confident in using insulin. 10 short interactive modules covering a range of important topics are available. No logins or downloads are required, so anyone with a computer or mobile device with internet can get started straight away.
They can learn at their own pace, and access the topics as they need them. The modules don’t have to be completed in order, or in one sitting – come back to the website as many times as required.
To find out more about the management, detection and prevention of diabetes and for ongoing support for people living with diabetes, their families and carers, visit your relevant state or territory organisation below.
Diabetes NSW & ACT has partnered with the CSIRO to give people options when it comes to choosing a diabetes friendly meal program that’s right for them. With the help of the dietary guidelines and support offered within the program people can reach their weight loss goals, maintain long term healthy eating habits and live a long and healthy life. The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet offers a special edition of the 12 Week Program for people living with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Click here to find out more