IN Shellharbour there are about 3500 people living with diabetes.
As part of National Diabetes Week (July 13-19), Diabetes NSW has released a survey that shows the mental and emotional toll of diagnosis is often overlooked.
Those with either type one or type two diabetes reported feeling anxious, shocked, confused and sad when they were first diagnosed with diabetes.
In addition, while just 14 per cent of those with type one diabetes were accepting of their diagnosis, 42.3 per cent of those Australians diagnosed with type two diabetes reported that they accepted their diagnosis.
Diabetes NSW chief executive Sturt Eastwood said a diabetes diagnosis can be frightening for those affected and their loved ones.
"We must recognise that looking after ourselves emotionally is just as important as looking after ourselves physically, particularly when dealing with a diabetes diagnosis.
"To assist people living with diabetes as well as their friends and family, Diabetes NSW will launch their new diabetes guide to help provide support and encourage understanding."
Visit diabetesnsw.com.au or phone 1300 342 238 for help.