An estimated 400 million people around the world are living with diabetes. Talking about it can be difficult because of the attached stigma of an unhealthy lifestyle.
The Sound Doctor is raising awareness of the difficulties of having those conversations as part of Diabetes Week this week. Let’s talk about it and encourage others to have those conversations so they can learn more through sharing experiences and feelings.
One of the most common things we hear when interviewing people with diabetes is that they feel alone and isolated and it is important to let them know there are many people who feel just like they do. Going to the Diabetes UK chatroom, for example, to share experiences, can be a powerful way of reducing anxiety and getting inspiration when motivation is flagging. Often it is just because of the realisation that many people have exactly the same issues and fears.
How we can help?
The Sound Doctor, with help from a range of national and international experts, has created a large series of short educational films in a structured educational journey, to enable people to understand their condition better and learn how to manage it more effectively. From exercise and healthy eating to blood glucose monitoring and medicines, our short videos will show people how they can keep a handle on their illness and prevent issues cropping up.
The films also give more information about preventing and treating hypoglycemia, anxiety and depression and moving on to insulin. They are not only useful to newly diagnosed diabetics, but also those who have been living with diabetes for a long time.
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We are also creating top quality structured e-learning courses for people who don’t want face to face structured education, but require their information on the move, to fit in with their lifestyle. These will be available in mobile app and tablet formats.