LIVING WITH DIABETES AND LIFESTYLE CHANGES

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It’s important to look after your own health and wellbeing, with support from those involved in your care in order to manage your diabetes condition.

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1. Connect with your healthcare professional closely

  • Regular (6-12 monthly) check on your eyes (consult an ophthalmologist).
  • Have your feet examined and fitted with appropriate shoes (consult a podiatrist).
  • Do regular blood tests (around 3 monthly) to monitor how well your diabetes is being controlled (consult a GP, physician or endocrinologist).
  • Self-Monitoring Blood Glucose must be performed if you are on insulin and recommended if you are on oral medication for self-empowerment.

 

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2. Change Your Lifestyle

  • Healthy eating by reducing the amount of fat, salt and sugar and increase the amount of fibre (20-30 g/day) in your diet. A balanced diet should consist of 45–60% energy from carbohydrate, 15–20% energy from protein and 25–35% energy from fats. Limit consumption of sugar sweetened beverages to less than 2 servings per day or <10% of daily calorie intake. Switch diet from high to lower glycemic index (GI) foods or consult a nutritionist.
  • Regular exercise can help lower your blood glucose level. However, before starting on a new activity, do talk to your healthcare professional first because your insulin treatment or medication may need to be adjusted. You may consult a fitness trainer to arrange an exercise program for you.
  • Quit smoking as it increases your risk of developing a cardiovascular disease such as heart attack or stroke.
  • Limit alcohol intake to the recommended daily amounts and never drink alcohol on an empty stomach.
  • Look after your feet by wearing appropriate and well-fitting shoes. Avoid walking barefoot as this increases the risk of injury.

 

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2. Pregnancy

If you have diabetes and plan to have a baby, do talk to your healthcare professionals to ensure your blood glucose level is well controlled before and during pregnancy. Diabetic control can be challenging during pregnancy.

Sources: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NHS Choices, Diabetes Australia

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