Diabetes sufferers have a number of lifestyle factors they need to consider on a day to day basis – and keeping stress levels under control is one of them.
Thousands of people with the condition are affected by increased levels of stress and depression, explained Diabetes WA, showcasing the need for effective management.
Diabetes WA Health Services general manager Helen Mitchell said that stress can have an impact on blood glucose levels on diabetes sufferers, which can lead to long-term problems.
Loss of sight, heart disease and problems with circulation are just some of the most commonly encountered issues.
Individuals with diabetes may benefit from taking out health insurance, as some providers offer access to services such as weight loss programs to help them manage their condition.
Figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show that four per cent of Australians have diabetes, increasing from 1.5 per cent in 1989.
Around one in 20 pregnancies are affected by diabetes, while more than half of adults are overweight, putting them at greater risk of the condition.
Three in five of those suffering with the condition also have cardiovascular disease.