Managing your diabetes

Before you developed diabetes your pancreas kept your blood glucose levels within the normal range by producing the right amount of insulin at the right time. There is no cure for diabetes, but it can be managed. Balancing the carbohydrate foods (sugars and starches) you eat with physical activity and medicine (if prescribed) can keep your blood glucose in a healthy range.

There are also some other variables, eg illness, that will have an effect on your glucose level and your diabetes nurse specialist will outline these further for you.

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  • Self management

    Self management means that YOU keep track of YOUR blood glucose and take an active part in the treatment of YOUR diabetes. This is important because so many things you do in your daily life affect your blood glucose.

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  • Treatment

    There are several different families of OHAs and the names of some of these are complicated, but each describes a drug or group of drugs that act to lower blood glucose in a way unique to that family. 

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  • Caring for your feet

    People with diabetes have special reason to take good care of their feet. Diabetes may make feet susceptible to injury and infection.

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  • Managing Type 2 Diabetes During an Illness

    When you are ill it is essential to manage your blood glucose levels as well as the illness.

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  • Your Eyes

    High blood glucose can damage the eyes and must be treated. With regular effective eye screening, eye complications can be caught early and successfully treated and managed by an eye doctor.

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  • Diabetes and Dental Care

    Probably the greatest impact of diabetes on dental health is that it can leave people more prone to gum disease.

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  • Stress and crisis

    It is important for the person with diabetes to be aware of stress and to understand how stress can affect blood sugar. Coping with stress is an essential part of your diabetes care.

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  • Travelling with Type 2 Diabetes

    Travelling for people with Type 2 diabetes is the same as for people without diabetes. However, like everyone, you must plan efficiently before travelling by land, sea or air.

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  • Hypo Management

    Would you like to reduce your risk of hypos? Do you have diabetes? Are you being treated with insulin? Are you being treated with glucose lowering tablets called sulphonylureas?   (ask your pharmacist) Have you experienced any of the following symptoms during the day or night? Hypo symptoms Unsettled / feeling ‘off’ Hungry Sweating Dizzy... View Article

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