Diabetes sufferers need support

Member for Gosford Mr Chris Holstein is calling on Gosford residents to consider the emotional toll that diabetes can have on people living with or caring for someone with diabetes this National Diabetes Week from July 13 to 19.

In the Gosford electorate alone, there are approximately 2,700 people living with diabetes. The psychological side effects of living with diabetes can often be neglected or underestimated, particularly upon diagnosis. “A diabetes diagnosis can be frightening for those affected and their loved ones,” said Diabetes NSW CEO Mr Sturt Eastwood.

“Diabetes NSW is here to support anyone impacted by diabetes. “This National Diabetes Week we’re launching a new diabetes guide to help those who know someone with diabetes understand and support their friend, colleague or loved one.” Mr Holstein said: “It concerns me to think that locals from the Gosford area with diabetes are faced with a range of challenges and complications that can impact their emotional well-being, not just their physical health, and that these are often overlooked.

” Diabetes NSW is encouraging all Gosford residents to be aware of their emotional health and well-being when living with diabetes. “People should not feel alone in their diagnosis,” said Mr Eastwood. “We must recognise that looking after ourselves emotionally is just as important as looking after ourselves physically, particularly when dealing with a diabetes diagnosis. “Make sure you are able to talk to someone about how you’re feeling,” said Mr Eastwood.

Media release, 2 Jul 2014
Chris Holstein,
Member for Gosford