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Diabetes concerns every family

This year's theme for World Diabetes Day (14 November) as set by the International Diabetes Federation is 'Diabetes concerns every family'.

Diabetes SA have taken an approach to family in the recent My Life magazine in line with the theme, and is holding a seminar on 14 November for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes (research and innovations) to provide people with information to help them manage their diabetes.

Innovation and Emerging Trends in Diabetes Management

World Diabetes Day 2019

The IDF website provides all the information you need to prepare for awareness and media outreach in the build up to diabetes awareness month and on World Diabetes Day itself.

There are three main focus areas:

  • Discover diabetes – Early diagnosis and treatment is key to preventing or delaying diabetes-related complications and knowing the symptoms of diabetes can help lead to early intervention that helps to protect yourself and your family. Protect your family – could you spot the warning signs?
  • Prevent diabetes – Many cases of type 2 diabetes are preventable through the adoption of a healthy lifestyle. This is something the whole family can get involved in – a healthy lifestyle is something everyone should be supported with. Protect your family – simple action can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • Manage diabetes – Caring for diabetes involves the whole family as well through ongoing support and education to help those living with diabetes manage it day-to-day and in the long-term. Protect your family – would you know what to do for yours?

Detecting diabetes early involves the family too

  • One in every two people with diabetes is undiagnosed. Early diagnosis and treatment is key to helping prevent or delay life-threatening complications.
  • If type 1 diabetes is not detected early, it can lead to serious disability or death. Know the signs and symptoms to protect yourself and your family.

Preventing type 2 diabetes involves the family too

  • Many cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle. Reducing your family’s risk starts at home.
  • When a family eats healthy meals and exercises together, all family members benefit and encourage behaviours that could help prevent type 2 diabetes in the family.
  • If you have diabetes in your family, learn about the risks, the warning signs to look out for and what you can do to prevent diabetes and its complications.
  • Families need to live in an environment that supports healthy lifestyles and helps them to prevent type 2 diabetes.

Caring for my diabetes involves my family too

  • Managing diabetes requires daily treatment, regular monitoring, a healthy lifestyle and ongoing education. Family support is key.
  • All health professionals should have the knowledge and skills to help individuals and families manage diabetes.
  • Education and ongoing support should be accessible to all individuals and families to help manage diabetes.
  • Essential diabetes medicines and care must be accessible and affordablefor every family.

We acknowledge the importance of the family’s role in caring, prevention and education to help manage diabetes, and celebrate those important communities and support networks in the lives of people living with diabetes.

For more information visit or find Diabetes SA on Facebook and Twitter.

Diabetes SA is a not for profit, member based Association that is largely self-funded, our mission is to educate, advocate, support and fund research that provides better outcomes for people at risk or living with diabetes.

Empowering people to live well with diabetes and raising awareness for those at risk is our vision for all South Australians living with or at risk of diabetes.

Media Contact

Diabetes SA has a number of media spokespeople who can assist you with information about diabetes, healthy lifestyle, diabetes management and other topics of interest for people with diabetes.

Please direct all enquiries to:

Marketing & Communications

Phone 1300 198 204