Your Diabetes Hub is an archive of blog posts, articles & information, going back to 2001 when Helen Edwards founded the then Diabetes Counselling Online services and forums. 

We no longer provide services, but you can find our articles and information here. Thank you to everyone who was involved with our work, and the wonderful community xx Helen Edwards and Helen Wilde

Contemplating Diabetes: Inside Looking Out

By Helen Edwards

You might have noticed a lack of posting here lately…. I have been spending a fair bit of time with my diabetes on the inside looking out. Sometimes when you are struggling with your own diabetes it is incredibly tough to participate in all the conversations out there, around all things diabetes. After spending many…

Chefgood and Diabetes Victoria Launch

By Helen Edwards

Do you find that food has become a nightmare since being diagnosed with diabetes? Or perhaps you have had the opposite experience, where you have realised that eating a healthy diet is essential for anyone, diabetes or not – and that there is no such thing as a “diabetic diet”! In fact people with diabetes…

Staying Out of The Loop

By Helen Edwards

Lately I have been hearing a lot more about diabetes tech and in particular the work of companies who are developing closed loop insulin delivery systems, and the DIY version that has started to find its way to Australia. Essentially these systems enable automated basal insulin delivery, making multiple small adjustments constantly to keep your…

A Little More Here, A Little Less There

By Helen Edwards

I have a little update today because I have been taking a bit of a break from madly posting on the blog or social media when it comes to diabetes, for a few reasons. One is that I have been incredibly unwell since coming back from ADEA/ADS at the end of August. This started with…

Like Putty in Your Hands

By Helen Edwards

Sometimes I feel like it is groundhog day when I write a blog post here….you know, the same old same old. There are lots of wonderful bloggers in diabetes who share posts about things like the latest crisis within diabetes tech with the closing down of the Animas Pump production, or the latest on private…

Surfing the Diabetes Waves

By Helen Edwards

Sometimes I think diabetes and all of its ups and downs, is a reflection of the ebbs and flows of life. Just like the way that your thoughts and feelings can come and go like the tides, and the ways that you can feel like you are floating sometimes, and other times, like you are…

When Your Body Lets You Down

By Helen Edwards

Do you feel like your body has let you down sometimes? I know some people I have spoken with over the years felt that when they got diagnosed with diabetes, and some people continue to feel this at times as their health fluctuates. If you have been connected to me in some way over the…

On Trends, Arrows & Alarms

By Helen Edwards

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night with an idea, where all sorts of thoughts came together? It happens to me all the time with writing ideas, and last night it happened with my wake up alarm to check my BGL…something I have not had to do since starting with CGM. …

Wrap up of the ADS/ADEA 2017 Diabetes Scientific Conference

By Helen Edwards

I have touched down back to reality after a whirlwind of 4 days in Perth, talking, learning, thinking and considering, the latest research in diabetes, and connecting with friends old and new. I hit the ground late Friday night with some issues with my diabetes after the security at Perth airport went over the top…

On Person Centred Diabetes Care & The Art of Collaboration

By Helen Edwards

I have been attending the national Australian Diabetes Society and Australian Diabetes Educators (ADS/ADEA) scientific meeting this week in Perth. This is my 16th year working in diabetes, with only about 3 years during that time where I have not attended one of these annual meetings.  I will never forget the first time I went,…

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Diabetes and Your Wellbeing

Did you know diabetes affects your wellbeing and mental health? People with diabetes have a higher risk of depression and many people experience diabetes related distress and diabetes burn out. Having good mental health requires you to focus just as much on looking after your emotional, psychological and social health, as your physical health. You need to do things that increase mental health and wellbeing – after all, wellbeing and health go hand-in-hand. Talking about how you are feeling is an important first step. Support is vital. You are not alone. Head here for our pages on diabetes and wellbeing.

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Dealing with Diabetes

When you are diagnosed with diabetes, it is like starting a journey on a road that is new and unfamiliar to you. At diagnosis you can experience, shock, denial, fear, grief, anger, worry, hopelessness, and many other things. Family members can also experience these things too. These are normal experiences and feelings. You will work through them in time and become more comfortable with your diabetes. Talking about how you are feeling, getting as much information as possible, at a pace that is right for you, and taking time to care for your physical and mental health, are all very important at this time. These things continue to be important as you get on with life with diabetes.