Adults with Type 1
130,000 of the Type 1 population are adults. Adults with Type 1 have a number of challenges to work through.
Discrimination in the workplace is not ok. An employer can not deny you a job based on you having Type 1. You have no obligation to inform your employer you have Type 1. If you forsee that your Type 1 may cause some safety issue in your work, you may advise you employer but should not be discriminated against. If you are facing any type of discrimination you can contact Fair Work Australia for further advice
Some specific jobs require medical clearance for safety reasons such as truck driving. Your GP or Endocrinologist can assist you with this.
In short, those with Type 1 can hold a drivers licence or learner permit as long as your diabetes is well managed. The main concern for driving authorities is the risk for hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose) while driving. Other concerns are around diabetes complications such as deteriorating vision.
As a rule of thumb remember 'ABOVE 5 TO DRIVE' . Ensure you check your blood glucose at least every 2 hours.
-You must inform licensing authorities that you have Type 1 Diabetes; such as VicRoads.
-It is advisable to inform you vehicle insurance company of your Type 1
-Your GP, Endocrinologist
If you do decide to have children, it is important to discuss with your Endocrinologist or Diabetes Educator about family planning. There is no reason as to why you cannot have a healthy baby. Planning ahead can help you prepare for pregnancy. if you don't have the chance to, contact your diabetes team as soon as possible for pregnancy care.
For males your overall wellbeing and blood glucose control increases the chances of a healthy baby.
For females, pre-pregnancy planning gives you a bit more time to assess your overall health and improve blood glucose control.
Relationships are an important part of how we feel we fit into the world. These can include a significant other, children, extended family, friends, colleagues and sporting/hobby team. Sometimes Type 1 can present a challenge for you in relationships and other times cause concern or misunderstanding from others. Communication is key. Setting aside time to talk about concerns from each person can go a long way to alleviating stress.
Relationship with yourself
Often times you may feel isolated from the rest of the world. Others times you may be empowered by your ability to achieve your goals while managing Type 1. Whichever you feel is ok. It may vary day to day. This is all ok. Type 1 is a 'perfectionists nightmare'. Remember you are doing the work of what is usually a fully functioning pancreas. That is an amazing achievement in itself. Reach out to friends and family who understand and support you. If you are struggling with your mental health, it's best to seek help as soon as possible. You can start with your GP. Have a look at our 'Mental Health Battle' page for further information.
Stress about complications
It is understandable that you may develop stress surrounding physical complications of Type 1. The risk of physical complications is influenced by your blood glucose control over time and length of diagnosis. Diabetes complications can have a large impact on your life. While this is scary, there are things you can do to prevent and manage them. Their is no shame, blame or guilt that should be taken from having complications of Type 1. You are not alone.
There is further information about what they are, prevention and screening processes on our 'Complications of Type 1' page.
We at T1F are here to support you.