2. Wear an active medical identification bracelet
No matter how long you have had diabetes for, unforeseen ill-health is a continuous potential lingering threat. Dr Grossman from Joslin Diabetes Centre asserts that Medical ID bracelets are able to speak for you when you are unable to. Given the risks associated with playing sports for people living with diabetes, wearing appropriate jewellery alerting others to your condition is necessary. The sooner the issue is identified, the sooner solutions can be implemented. There are numerous vendors in which medical ID jewellery can be purchased from and it may be subsidised by your private health insurance.
In teenagers, in particular, the risk of hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia is elevated when exercising and dependent on the type and duration of the activity. However, exercise physiologist Dr Colberg strongly advises that “a chronic disease can have a negative influence on how teenagers view themselves, but being physically active may help counteract that by increasing self-confidence”.
Adults at work
Like with any pre-existing medical condition, inadequate management of health can result in long absences from work or adverse productivity. Consequently, there is an unfavourable reputation in which employers don't understand diabetes and employees are discriminated against. Subsequently, it is important that employers are aware of your diabetes and understand your management plan. For example, so that appropriate shifts can be planned around the timing of administering medication.
1. Keep all your necessary accessories in one place at work
Ensuring that all your diabetes-related equipment are kept in one location at work is important not only for your own ease of access but also in case of emergencies when others around you may have to administer care. The Dario Blood Glucose Monitoring System is the most efficient way to turn a smartphone into a personal glucometer and keep monitoring and records in one place
2. How to communicate your condition with colleagues
Like with any chronic illness, there is a strong sentiment among employers that this equates to a loss of productivity. Although most workplaces do not legally require disclosure, depending on your management requirements and to avoid discrimination, it is important that colleagues understand your condition. Yet, bringing up this conversation can be intimidating. Primarily, your Diabetes Educator or medical professional team can help you devise a plan to adequately communicate relevant details. Communication is the first step to avoiding discrimination.