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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How can I prevent diabetes from affecting my work?

    Diabetes is affecting my work in that I do not go if I have low blood sugar because I feel so terrible. I'm also tired and cannot concentrate. Please advise.
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  • Dung Pham


    Dung is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who currently works in Community Health and Private Practice as a HACC/CH dietitian and Health Coach. She has also … View Profile

    This is quite a difficult question to answer without a proper assessment and therefore i would advise you to discuss this with your diabetes team-GP, dietitian and Diabetes Educator.

    Some things to consider :
    what medications are you on and the doses?
    Are you on insulin? what type? doses?
    Identifying what are the causes of low blood sugar-insufficient Carbohyrdate intake, delayed meals, skipping meals, too much insulin or meds and not enough to eat, other medications and interactions
    What are low readings and when are they happening?

    Sounds like it is affecting your quality of life and that you want to get on top of this. Talk to your health care team

  • Lisa Renn


    Lisa is an APD with 12 years experience, specialising in helping people identify and change habits that impact negatively on their health. Inspiring change, Lisa … View Profile

    Hi there,
    It is really important that you have a health care team around you that you visit regularly and that you feel comfortable talking to.

    Whether you are managed on insulin or tablets, for you diabetes, if you are having so many hypo's then you are over medicated.

    Your first stop should be to the health practitioner who prescribes your diabetes medication and then ask for a referral to a dietitan and/or diabetes educator who can advise you as to what you need to be eating in order to manage both your diabetes and your quality of life.

    All the best.

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