Diabetes increases the risk of developing acute and life-threatening complications such as blindness, amputation, kidney failure, cardiovascular events and can also lead to early death.
It is vital for people with diabetes not just to be aware of the potential risks but also to be empowered to engage fully with their health professionals on the best ways to tackle them. Sharing their experiences with their peers can also be inspiring and lead to improved health outcomes.
#Diabetescomplicationstalk is a Facebook group launched by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) to raise awareness of complications among people living with diabetes, combat stigma and help improve interactions between people living with diabetes and their healthcare professionals.
The initiative aims to foster discussion on a broad range of topics and features personal stories of people living with diabetes alongside news and education material. If you live with diabetes or are a healthcare professional dealing with people living with diabetes, we invite you to share your experiences with us.
Below are a few examples of visuals from members of the Blue Circle Voices network: