As a person with diabetes you are no different from any other person living in Australia. Having diabetes does not change your basic needs, wants and desires. It will make some aspects of life more challenging, but it doesn’t define who you are or prevent you from enjoying and participating in life.
It is important to remember however that when you are at work, if you are travelling or driving for example, there are a number of things you need to consider.
Health insurance companies are by law not allowed to discriminate against people with diabetes or any other chronic illness. While they are able to enforce waiting periods for existing conditions (there are prescribed limits to these) they cannot refuse to insure you because you have diabetes and they cannot charge you higher premiums than someone without diabetes.
Diabetes is a complex disease in that it can affect many parts of your body as well as your mind. Knowledge of how to look after yourself to minimise or even prevent complications is an important first step.
The following information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice or used to alter medical therapy. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.