Having a condition like diabetes is hard enough, without feeling as though you are battling through alone.
Peer support groups run by diabetes organisations are a way for you to connect with others going through the same health challenges.
Share experiences, swap solutions, stories and tips at groups aimed at helping you feel less isolated.
Campbelltown Hospital endocrinologist, researcher and Western Sydney University Professor of Medicine, David Simmons says such groups can improve your quality of life through mutual support and education.
“Many people who have diabetes have never talked to anyone else with diabetes which can be very isolating,” Professor Simmons says.
"Peer support provides people with the opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, emotions, and solutions with other people who are living with diabetes.”
One in 10 adults living in south western Sydney has diabetes and a new peer support group, the Wollondilly Diabetes Program, has been set up to improve their wellbeing and help them connect with others with the condition.
Contact WDP@westernsydneyedu.au or phone 0415 336 153 if you know of anyone who would benefit from the group, or would like to volunteer as a group facilitator.
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“Peer support can lead to many positive experiences but it does not replace the advice you get from your health professional,” says Professor Simmons.
“You should always consult your health professional before making changes to your diabetes management.”
Contact your local diabetes organisation for more information on peer support groups in your area.