We received this helpful article from Diabetes Queensland and thought it may be a great resource for our clients who suffer with Diabetes. Take a read!
At the moment there is a lot of information in the media and online about COVID-19. We understand that you may have a lot of new questions about what this means for you and your diabetes management. To ensure you get the help and support you need we now have more Health Professionals taking calls on our Helpline.
There are no silly questions, so if you are worried or looking for advice please call us on 1800 177 055. We are here for you.
Tips for staying well
To help reduce the spread of COVID-19 it is important that we all stay at home unless it is essential to go out, and practice good hygiene and social distancing. This applies to people living with diabetes and those who don’t. Our tips for staying well include:
- Wash your hands often, with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Use a tissue to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze; sneeze or cough into your elbow if a tissue is not at hand
- Stay at home unless essential and avoiding close contact with others
- Be prepared by having your diabetes sick day management plan and sick day kit in place
We understand that this is a stressful time. Stress can impact your diabetes management, leading to unstable glucose levels which can affect your mood.
Our psychologist has put together some great tips on how to manage stress. If you would like to talk to someone about your stress or anxiety call our Helpline on 1800 177 055.
Due to the public health concerns surrounding COVID-19 our face to face events and activities have been cancelled until further notice. We will be calling everyone who was booked into one of our events, to see if you need any advice or support with your diabetes right now.
Don’t forget we have a range of online resources available to help you with your diabetes management and general health. These include:
Visit the NDSS website
It is important for all people diagnosed with diabetes to be registered with the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS). The NDSS delivers education and information services to people with diabetes and provides diabetes products, like blood glucose testing supplies, needles and syringes to people who take insulin at a subsidised cost. Visit ndss.com.au to find out more.
Remember, you are not alone. Diabetes Queensland is here for you. We have the time to help and support you. Call us on 1800 177 055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org