The charity Diabetes UK has announced the launch of a new survey for people with diabetes in the UK that will assess whether talking about their condition has had an effect on how people manage it.
The survey, which runs until February 15th, hopes to raise awareness of the importance of talking about diabetes ahead of Diabetes Week, which this year runs between June 12 and 18.
Respondents will be asked questions regarding if they have ever kept their diabetes a secret, who they try to avoid talking about their diabetes to, and whether they think they receive sufficient support to manage their condition.
Studies have found that people suffering from diabetes are sometimes only in contact with a healthcare professional for a total of a few hours per year, and have to care for and manage their condition themselves the rest of the time. The survey will be useful in assessing the impact the condition may have on people’s emotional and psychological wellbeing.
It is believed that offering emotional and psychological support as an integral part of services could reduce potential complications from diabetes, including heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, blindness and amputation, and also delay the need for specialist assistance.

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