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Life with diabetes

Whether you have just been diagnosed—or been living with it for a while—diabetes does not have to control your life. Have you—or someone you know—been newly diagnosed with diabetes? Living with diabetes is not easy, but you should not need to put your life on hold.

With so many factors to consider, you probably have questions and concerns about how diabetes can fit into your lifestyle.

Everyday living

Are you planning an overseas holiday or getting your driver’s licence. Living with diabetes should not stop you from doing things you want or need to do. If diabetes is part of your life, then there is important information you need to know in some situations to help you manage your diabetes well.

Diabetes and driving

When you have diabetes, you may need to take extra precautions to ensure road safety.

Older couple going on a road trip


Do you have a diabetes plan for natural disasters and emergencies? Having a plan helps you stay safe and look after your diabetes in the case of an emergency.

Flooded road

Peer support

Peer support is connecting with peers—who are similar to you—living with diabetes. Peer support can take many forms, including a casual conversation with a peer to a formal, face-to-face, structured group.

Friends having a laugh together

Sexual health

Know the facts and potential issues, so that you know when to seek help if something is not right.

Man talking to health professional


Do not let diabetes stop you from travelling. Whether you are going interstate or overseas, here are some important travel tips.

Young woman is giving her mother an emotional cuddle in the airport terminal before she leaves to board a flight.

Your health care team

Form a health care team who can help you set goals and to manage your diabetes confidently..

A health professional taking notes while in an appointment

The important thing to remember is that you are not alone. Many people can be part of your health care team to help you live well with diabetes.

Register with the NDSS

Registering with the NDSS gives you access to a range of information, support services and subsidised products to help you manage your diabetes.

Register with the NDSS

Diabetes Australia acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this Country. We recognise their connection to land, waters, winds and culture. We pay the upmost respect to them, their cultures and to their Elders, past and present. We are committed to improving health outcomes for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by diabetes and those at risk.

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