Diabetes SA is a non-profit organization that provides education, support, and advocacy for people with diabetes and their families in South Australia. The organization was founded in 1953 and has since grown to become one of the leading diabetes organizations in Australia.
Diabetes SA’s mission is to empower people with diabetes to live a healthy and fulfilling life. They achieve this by providing information, education, and support to help people manage their condition. Diabetes SA also conducts research and advocacy work to improve diabetes care and raise awareness about the condition.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic medical condition characterized by high levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Glucose is a form of sugar that comes from the food we eat and is the main source of energy for our bodies. In people with diabetes, the body is unable to use glucose properly, either because it cannot produce enough insulin (a hormone that regulates glucose levels) or because it is unable to use insulin effectively.
There are three main types of diabetes:
- Type 1 diabetes: This is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. Type 1 diabetes typically develops in childhood or adolescence, and people with this type of diabetes need to take insulin injections or use an insulin pump to manage their glucose levels.
- Type 2 diabetes: This is the most common type of diabetes, accounting for around 90% of cases. Type 2 diabetes typically develops in adulthood and is often associated with lifestyle factors such as obesity, poor diet, and lack of exercise. In type 2 diabetes, the body is still able to produce insulin, but it is unable to use it effectively. This is known as insulin resistance.
- Gestational diabetes: This is a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy. It occurs when the body is unable to produce enough insulin to meet the increased demand during pregnancy. Gestational diabetes usually goes away after the baby is born, but women who have had gestational diabetes are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.
In South Australia, there are more than 118,000 people living with diabetes, and this number is expected to rise as the population ages. Fortunately, there are organizations like Diabetes SA that are dedicated to improving the lives of people with diabetes and their families.
Services Offered by Diabetes SA
Diabetes SA offers a range of services to support people with diabetes and their families. Here are some of the services they offer:
- Diabetes Education Programs
Diabetes SA offers a range of education programs to help people with diabetes understand their condition and learn how to manage it effectively. These programs are led by qualified diabetes educators and cover topics such as healthy eating, physical activity, monitoring blood glucose levels, and managing medications. The programs are available to people with type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes, as well as their families and carers.
- Support Groups
Diabetes SA offers support groups for people with diabetes and their families. These groups provide a safe and supportive environment where people can share their experiences and learn from others who are going through similar challenges. Diabetes SA offers both face-to-face and online support groups, making it easy for people to connect with others no matter where they are.
- Counselling Services
Diabetes can be a challenging condition to manage, and it’s not uncommon for people to experience stress, anxiety, or depression as a result. Diabetes SA offers counselling services to help people with diabetes and their families cope with the emotional and psychological aspects of the condition. These services are provided by qualified psychologists and are available both in-person and via telehealth.
- Access to Diabetes Supplies and Equipment
Managing diabetes requires access to a range of supplies and equipment, including blood glucose monitors, insulin pumps, and syringes. Diabetes SA provides access to these supplies and equipment through their online store, making it easy for people to access the products they need to manage their condition.
Diabetes SA’s helpline provides information and support to people with diabetes and their families. The helpline is staffed by qualified diabetes educators who can answer questions about diabetes management, provide advice on healthy eating and physical activity, and offer emotional support.
Diabetes SA’s Impact
Diabetes SA has had a significant impact on the lives of people with diabetes and their families in South Australia. Here are just a few examples of the ways in which Diabetes SA has made a difference:
- Education and Support
Diabetes SA’s education and support programs have helped thousands of people with diabetes and their families understand their condition and learn how to manage it effectively. By providing access to qualified diabetes educators and support groups, Diabetes SA has helped people feel more confident and empowered in their diabetes management.
Diabetes SA conducts research to improve diabetes care and raise awareness about the condition. Their research has led to important discoveries about the causes and treatment of diabetes,and has helped shape policies and guidelines for diabetes management. Diabetes SA also advocates for improved access to diabetes care and support services, which has led to better outcomes for people with diabetes in South Australia.
- Community Engagement
Diabetes SA is actively engaged in the South Australian community, raising awareness about diabetes and promoting healthy lifestyles. They participate in community events, provide information and resources to schools and workplaces, and collaborate with other organizations to improve diabetes care and support services.
- Empowering People with Diabetes
Perhaps most importantly, Diabetes SA is empowering people with diabetes to take control of their condition and live a healthy and fulfilling life. By providing education, support, and access to diabetes supplies and equipment, Diabetes SA is helping people with diabetes manage their condition and reduce their risk of complications.
What is Diabetes SA?
Diabetes SA is a non-profit organization based in South Australia that provides education, support, and advocacy for people with diabetes and their families. They offer a range of services and resources to help people manage their condition and improve their quality of life.
What services does Diabetes SA offer?
Diabetes SA offers a range of services and resources, including education programs, support groups, diabetes supplies and equipment, advocacy and policy work, and community engagement activities. They also have a helpline and online resources for people with diabetes and their families.
How can I access Diabetes SA’s services?
To access Diabetes SA’s services, you can become a member of the organization. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in diabetes and costs a nominal fee. Once you are a member, you can access all of Diabetes SA’s services and resources.
Does Diabetes SA offer support for families of people with diabetes?
Yes, Diabetes SA offers support for families of people with diabetes through their education programs and support groups. They can provide information and resources to help families understand and manage diabetes, and they can offer emotional support and advice.
Diabetes SA is a vital organization that is making a difference in the lives of people with diabetes and their families in South Australia. By providing education, support, and advocacy, Diabetes SA is helping people manage their condition and improve their quality of life. If you or someone you know has diabetes, consider reaching out to Diabetes SA to learn more about their services and how they can help. Together, we can work to improve diabetes care and support for all South Australians.