Research Wednesday is not a thing. Until now. And probably just for today. But there are a few things across my desk that need input from people with diabetes and diabetes healthcare professionals.

Today seemed like as good a day as any to share.

If you can, please do consider participating in any of these online surveys that are currently open. And also, share any of the surveys with others who you think can provide their experiences too.

One for the women with diabetes

A few months ago, I wrote a piece about the need to really speak about women’s sexual health and diabetes. It was a follow up post to something I wrote on the same topic a couple of years earlier.

These remain two of the most read posts on Diabetogenic. Both of them resulted in a lot of messages from a lot of women – most of whom I didn’t know – saying that for years they had searched for information about how diabetes can impact on their sexual health…and had found very little. They also said it was rarely, if ever, a topic their HCPs discussed or asked about. Conversations followed on online platforms too. Clearly – oh, so clearly – women with diabetes were searching not only for information about these issue, but to connect with other women would had similar experiences. The number of times I read the words ‘I thought I was the only one’ was somewhat heartbreaking.

(Side bar…and true story: after that piece was posted, this happened on a Sunday evening at the local Woolies:

Click for original tweet…and replies

Good to know that someone thought it was a good idea. Even if it meant that I shopped at a different store for a few weeks after that.)

That post coincided with some research Kath Barnard was conducting which has shown that sexual health issues affect three quarters of women with diabetes. The way that women are affected can be different – it may be physical, or emotional, or a combination of both.

Now, there is a follow up survey which is hoping to gather more details of exactly how diabetes impacts on sex in women with diabetes.

One for the men with diabetes

Because diabetes is an equal opportunity employer, there is also currently a survey for men with diabetes which is also looking at sexual health and relationships. While there may be quite a bit of information available about erectile dysfunction, sexual health in men is more than that.

Just as I’ve had conversations with women with diabetes about sex and diabetes, late night conference dinners and drinks often lead to a little more candid discussion about some of the issues around sex that men with diabetes experience too. And it seems that just as women are searching for more information, so are men.

Kath Barnard has stepped up again with a survey for men. This is a last call for this one as it is closing soon.

One for the new mums with diabetes

If you are a woman with type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes who is pregnant, or has been pregnant in the last year, please consider completing this survey from the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre at Sydney Medical School (from the University of Sydney).

The aim of this research is to better understand glucose monitoring experiences and preferences of pregnant women with diabetes.

The survey has been open for a few weeks now, and participation rates are not great, so if you are able to spare 20 minutes to provide your input, please do. And also share with relevant networks.

One for the HCPs

This survey is JUST sneaking in as it closes today!

The Diabetes and Schools consultation is continuing, and now, paediatric and adolescent healthcare professionals, and HCPs involved in diabetes education and training of school staff are being asked to complete a short survey.

This will form part of the overall consultation and will help to shape the new, nationally consistent training program being developed by Diabetes Australia, ADEA, ADS, JDRF (Aus) and APEG.

There really is no time to spare on this one. You only have until tonight.