Being diagnosed with diabetes is often a shock for the individual concerned as well as their family and friends.
Diabetes is a serious disease but the good news is that once you have been diagnosed you can immediately begin to learn how to manage it properly. The sooner effective management is put in place the better you will feel.
Diabetes Tasmania offers a full range of services to assist you in learning how to effectively manage your diabetes and when and where to ask for help when you need it.
Membership of Diabetes Tasmania opens the doors to affordable diabetes education. Our services include education with our Credentialed Diabetes Educators and our Accredited practicing Dietitians.
Diabetes educators can spend time with you explaining the complexities of diabetes and the importance of using specific management routines.
Membership includes a one hour session, valued at over $80.00, with one of our educators. Your first one hour education session will be a high level overview of your diabetes. You will learn about what to eat, monitoring your blood glucose levels, hypos and hypers and enough information to keep you safe until your next session with your GP.
Managing your diabetes is a learning process for you. No two individual’s diabetes are the same. This is why we say “your diabetes” when we refer to the disease.
You will continue to learn about your diabetes and the way your body reacts to food and the medicines you will be given to manage the disease by your GP.
Diabetes is a progressive disease which means that the way you manage your diabetes will change over time. Initially you might be able to manage your diabetes through exercise and diet. Eventually you may need tablets and then insulin. Some people will have to start with tablets or insulin. Whatever it is you require to manage your diabetes you can be assured that our Credentialed Diabetes Educators can provide you with the support and information to assist you to understand the disease and manage it effectively.
Accredited Practicing Dietitians
One of the first questions people ask when diagnosed with diabetes is “what can I eat?” The mysteries surrounding diabetes and food are based on older diabetes management practices and often confusing messages in the media.
Things have changed considerably over the past few years. No special diabetic diet is required and we now promote a healthy diet rich in fruit and vegetables and low in fat as being essential for everyone, not just people living with diabetes.
Learning about what to eat can be a little complex especially if you are unused to selecting and preparing meals for yourself. Diabetes Tasmania conducts Healthy Shopping Tours in the major centres of Tasmania. These sessions are hosted by one of our Dietitians and will assist you by teaching you how to read and understand food labeling, and how to maximize your weekly grocery budget. Best of all they are free. You can find out more about Healthy Shopping Tours by phoning us on 1300 136 588.