Published: 6 July, 2023 National Diabetes Week (9-15 July 2023) is a time dedicated to raising awareness about diabetes and offering support to those living with the condition. With over 1.5 million Australians currently living with diabetes, it is crucial to have a conversation as a community and provide understanding, encouragement, and practical support. Here are some useful tips and information to make a positive impact during this important week: Understand the impact: Diabetes affects millions of people in Australia, including your loved ones. Take a moment to grasp the significance of this condition and the challenges faced by individuals living with diabetes. This understanding will help you offer better support and empathy. Learn about the impacts of diabetes in Australia. Share knowledge: Use National Diabetes Week as an opportunity to educate others about diabetes. Spread awareness by sharing informative articles, statistics, and resources on social media or among your friends and family. Increased awareness can lead to better understanding and support. You can find our diabetes resource library here. Support healthy lifestyle activities: During Diabetes Week, let’s prioritize health and create lasting memories. Support your loved ones living with diabetes by planning active outings, exploring new recipes together, and practicing stress-relief activities. Together, we can make this week a celebration of well-being, supporting our loved ones with diabetes. #DiabetesWeek #HealthyLiving Be a supportive listener: Living with diabetes can be challenging, and sometimes individuals need someone to talk to. Be there for your loved ones, lend a listening ear, and provide emotional support. By being present and empathetic, you can help them navigate their journey with diabetes more effectively. Educate yourself: Take the initiative to learn more about diabetes. Understand the different types of diabetes, their symptoms, treatments, and potential complications. Knowledge empowers you to have informed discussions, make better decisions, and provide meaningful support. Learn about diabetes. Create a supportive environment: Foster a supportive and inclusive environment for individuals with diabetes. Avoid stigmatizing language or judgments related to diabetes. Encourage others to be understanding and compassionate as well. Language matters, learn more about supporting language. Participate in diabetes events: Join local diabetes events, workshops, or support groups. These events provide opportunities to connect with others who have diabetes, share experiences, and gain valuable insights into managing the condition. See all our upcoming events. National Diabetes Week serves as a reminder to support and empower individuals living with diabetes. By implementing these tips and spreading awareness, we can create a more inclusive and supportive environment for everyone affected by diabetes. Let’s stand together and make a difference.