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Why People With Diabetes Must Raise Our Voices

why people with diabetes must use our voices

Collaboration between people with diabetes, health care providers and policy makers must happen to create better outcomes and quality of life for people living with diabetes, and indeed the entire community. As a person living with type 1 diabetes since 1979 and working in diabetes since 2001, I have seen a shift towards this model…

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Diabetes & Discrimination: Workplace

Guest Post by David Mapletoft, Diabetes Educator Diabetes impacts all aspects of your life. Research has found a that diabetes impacts on the daily lives of individuals with diabetes and their family members. From the DAWN (Diabetes Attitudes Wishes and Needs) these impacts were in the following areas: Decrease in physical strength – 62% Worried about…

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You Can’t Eat That!

Guest Post David Mapletoft, Diabetes Educator People around us are generally helpful, caring and concerned. But what do you say when people make mistakes about diabetes management? On a social media post recently Gwen commented: “Frustrated after a conversation with co-worker today who told me I didn’t need a diabetes dog I just need to take better care of…

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Diabetes Empowerment

 Guest Post David Mapletoft, Diabetes Educator “Traditionally, the success of patients to manage their diabetes has been judged by their ability to adhere to a prescribed therapeutic regimen. A great deal of effort has been spent in developing methods for measuring compliance and techniques and strategies to promote adherence. Unfortunately, this approach does not match…

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People, Politics and Pancreases

A funny thing happens every year in National Diabetes Week here in Australia and I am sure it happens across the world as follows: 1) The main players and policy makers decide on a focus, (which quite rightly given the huge numbers and costs to us all)  is usually about something to do with type…

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