Connecting People With Diabetes

Newly diagnosed with diabetes?

It can be very confusing and upsetting. You may feel like you are no longer the driver of your life. Read our information & blog posts about how to deal with your diagnosis of diabetes and what to expect.

Wellbeing, Mental Health & Diabetes

Do you find life with diabetes hard sometimes? We all do. That is why connecting with other people with diabetes is so important. Come join us and find out more about how to have a better quality of life with diabetes.

Grab our diabetes Apps!

Books, children's toys & more to support your life with diabetes

We have created a number of books, ebooks & soft toys to help you and your child live better with diabetes. You can also buy our gorgeous Diabeadies

Diabetes Minder

Grab our Diabetes Minder App on Google Play  and The Apple Store

Our diabetes diary comes with a difference - it is all about how stress impacts your diabetes and your health. Rate your stress levels & record them alongside your BGL, which can help you to see how much stress impacts on your diabetes control.This can be displayed as a graph, chart or list.

Information about mindfulness, meditation and relaxation is included to help you to reduce your stress & have better diabetes control. You can link through to our diabetes forums and groups on Facebook.

Easily share your blood glucose results & diabetes charts with your doctor via email straight from the App. As an added "Minder" we have added a REminder function to add important reminders.



Diabetes Pregnancy Pal

Grab our Diabetes Pregnancy Pal App in the Google Play and The Apple Store. 

Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, Diabetes Pregnancy Pal is for you. Pulling all the information together in one spot, it takes you from pre pregnancy through to going home as a new mum.

The APP offers information about your health, understanding diabetes & pregnancy, your baby, health care professionals & the importance of relationships with loved ones & other women with diabetes.

Written by people who live with diabetes and diabetes experts, you will find all you need to know in the one place when it comes to managing diabetes & pregnancy.

Support for pregnancy and diabetes

Are you pregnant or planning a pregnancy and living with diabetes? 

Women with diabetes both type 1 and type 2, have higher risks for them and their baby, and lots to consider. We have released a mobile App "Diabetes Pregnancy Pal" which you can find on the App Store and Google Play. Read more about planning and managing pregnancy and diabetes here.


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Food and diabetes

Food provides us with the energy to live life, and is vital for our wellbeing – affecting both body and mind. Enjoying food with friends and family is an important part of our social interactions and it’s no surprise that almost every celebration of life and achievements in our society – like christenings, birthdays and weddings – are celebrated with a gathering to enjoy food together. When you have diabetes this can get much harder to manag.

Do you know your food basics well enough to make the healthy choice when faced with a supermarket full of options? 

helenWelcome! Hi I am Helen, the founder of Diabetes Counselling Online & I have lived with type 1 diabetes since 1979. I have worked as a diabetes educator & specialist in diabetes & mental health for over 15 years. Here you will find all you need to know about life with diabetes, as well as our blog, facebook support groups and more. Sign up to our newsletter to get all the best bits of the blog delivered straight to your inbox, as well as updates about what's happening in diabetes land! Hop into our store for some great e books, children's Diabetes Dino packs & our gorgeous Diabeadies. We look forward to communicating & connecting xx

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Join our Facebook Support groups

At Diabetes Counselling Online we believe strongly that the connections between people are critical to their diabetes management. Our motto is “communicating and connecting”.

There are now a number of ways you can make connections with each other in our Facebook page and groups.



By the way, I just read it (Diabetes Can't Stop Me)it to my 5 year old son. He stopped me half way through the book and said "just because he has diabetes, he can still do all that fun stuff!" Gotta love his attitude!

 Thanks again, and congratulation on the book!

- Jade

Firstly I just wanted to express to you my appreciation for the helpful advice and support you have given me since I joined your programme, I appreciate very much your kindness and caring. Thank you too for putting me in touch with Helen, our regular exchange of emails has helped me deal with a lot of issues surrounding the way I manage my condition and I am very appreciative of that too.

- Jane

It has been good to connect with you as it puts things more in perspective and acts as a bit of a reality check.

                                                                                                                - Nigel

Got it (the Diabetes Pregnancy Pal" App) on the weekend, it is excellent and a " go to" for info!

                                                                                                 - Mary

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Connecting People with Diabetes


Smoking & Diabetes


+-*We now know that smoking causes type 2 diabetes. In fact, smokers are 30–40% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than nonsmokers. And people with diabetes who smoke are more likely than nonsmokers to have trouble with insulin dosing and with controlling their disease. The more cigarettes you smoke, the higher your risk for…

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HONK – Type 2 Diabetes and Sick Day Planning


+-*Type 2 diabetes is a lifelong condition in which the body is unable to properly regulate the amount of glucose in the blood. It develops when the body doesn’t respond to the natural hormone insulin. Diabetic Hyperglycaemia Hyperosmolar Syndrome  Definitions Diabetic hyperglycemic hyperosmolar syndrome (HHS) is a complication of type 2 diabetes. It involves extremely high…

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Fruit and Diabetes Part 1


+-*Last week in the Diabetes and Food – let’s celebrate it!  and Diabetes Weight Matters closed Facebook groups we had several great conversations about fruit. People wanted to know about which foods they could eat with diabetes. We were sharing recipes and considering the effect of fruit on our blood glucose readings, when our fabulous…

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Diabetes: stay safe at work

Diabetes at Work


+-*An estimated 280 Australians develop diabetes every day. 1.7 million Australians have diabetes but that up to half of the cases of type 2 diabetes remain undiagnosed. The total financial cost of type 2 diabetes is estimated at $10.3 billion. The workplace can add to the challenges of managing diabetes, in a number of ways.…

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Feeling burnt out?

Reader Request: Peripheral Neuropathy Experiences


+-*‘Knowledge is power, and improving your knowledge and therefore your diabetes self care plan’ “I like that David Mapletoft”, writes Jennifer K. “Its so true and after reading your blog above i probably over do my testing of my BGL’s 8 times per day sometimes more and my fingers feel like pin cushions but that’s nothing…

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How to report on diabetes & why mothers being fat did not give it to their children


+-*If you live with diabetes or are the parent of a child with type 1 diabetes you will have experienced frustration, anger and even despair, at the way diabetes is often reported on in the media. In particular families living with type 1 diabetes cry foul when there is no distinction made between types of…

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Need support for your diabetes?

A Gluten Free Miracle, Diabetes, Coeliac & Travel


+-*A gluten free miracle – guest blog from Georgia. I have been away for my mum’s birthday – a significant one – and to celebrate, we spent plenty of time lazing around the Versace Hotel Pool in Queensland. This was the perfect timing, as we were both long overdue for a break and I can’t think…

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Living Alone with diabetes


+-*Living alone is increasingly on the public radar. One in four Australian households is a lone-person household, and rates have increased sharply since the 1970s. Throughout the Western world lone-person households have become increasingly common, and this trend is spreading to non-Western countries. In some quarters these developments have been interpreted as signifying a decline…

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SweetBytes Newsletter March 2015


+-* Welcome! Hi I am Helen, the founder of Diabetes Counselling Online & I have lived with type 1    diabetes since 1979. I have worked as a diabetes educator & specialist in diabetes &    mental health for over 15 years. Here at  you will find  all you need to know about life with…

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About Us

Diabetes Counselling Online is for all people living with all types of diabetes, their families and friends. Our aim is to connect you to a better quality of life.

We have been online since 2001 supporting people all over the world.

We are a not for profit, gift deductible charity. We were the first and still the only organisation in Australia offering free online counselling support to all people with diabetes.

Medical Advice

Diabetes Counselling Online Inc does not give personal medical advice. Information on this site should not be used for diagnosing or treating diabetes. Nor should information found here take the place of the advice of your doctor or medical team. Always see your diabetes specialist if you have concerns about your diabetes care.

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