Veterans’ MATES Module: Diabetes — Self Care Really Matters

DVA’s Veterans' Medicines Advice and Therapeutics Education Services (Veterans' MATES) latest release Diabetes — Self Care Really Matters is now available.

16 December 2019

How can diabetes affect my health?

The pancreas makes insulin to keep blood glucose (sugar) levels within a healthy range. In diabetes, the body does not use insulin properly or slowly loses the ability to produce enough insulin. The resulting high blood glucose levels may lead, over time, to complications that can affect the whole body, including the brain, skin, eyes, mouth, feet, heart, kidneys, blood vessels and nerves. Complications can include heart attacks, strokes, poor blood flow to the legs, and there can be potential impacts on your mental health.

How can I take charge of my diabetes?

Self-care is about being in charge of the choices you make each day. Taking care of yourself includes:

  • Being active each day
  • Losing weight if required
  • Adopting a diet recommended by a dietitian
  • Quitting smoking.

Annual Diabetes Cycle of Care

The Annual Diabetes Cycle of Care can help you and your general practitioner track your test results and health checks, and is the best approach to reducing your risk of diabetes-related complications.

For further information contact the Veterans’ MATES veteran helpline on 1300 556 906.