How to Manage Your Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is an illness that is sweeping through the nation. It is now believed that around 1 in 10 people over the age of 40 have this form of diabetes. This number is expected to grow to around 5.5 million by 2030, so understanding it more is vital. This may be so you can look after yourself should you develop type 2 diabetes or look after a loved one if they are diagnosed. 

One of the main causes of the rising number of people with type 2 diabetes is obesity and unfortunately, this number is extremely high in the UK. It is estimated that around 75% of 46-74-year-olds in the UK are either overweight or obese which may leave them with a high chance of developing type 2 diabetes. 

So, whether you’re living with diabetes now or are fearful of living with it in the future, this guide will be able to make your life that little bit easier. We’ll discuss best practices for dealing with it to make your life as easy as possible. Read on to find out more.

The importance of managing it

Without proper management, diabetes can be dangerous. In recent years there has been a significant increase in minor lower limb amputations for those with diabetes and unfortunately in the NHS, there are huge differences in the standard of medical professionals. This may lead to medical negligence. If this happens to you then you may be able to make a claim.

Diet 

Diet is vital for diabetes as it can impact your overall health if not kept in check. Learn about carb counting due to its impact on blood sugar. Coordinate your meals and medication to ensure that your blood sugar stays healthy. Check if you can drink alcohol with your doctor too as it can aggravate diabetes complications. 

Try to get some daily exercise in too as this can help to keep you healthy too. Go for a walk, have a gym session, or pick up a new sport.

Know your daily routines 

One of the easiest ways to maintain your health when living with diabetes is to ensure you’re consistent with your responsibilities each day. We recommend having a checklist that includes:

  • Take medicine 
  • Track blood sugar
  • Exercise
  • Eat healthily
  • Avoid smoking 
  • Check your feet

The benefits of taking care of your diabetes

Living with diabetes doesn’t have to be the end of the world and when you take care of it you’ll reap the following benefits:

  • More energy 
  • Less tired 
  • Less thirsty
  • Pass urine less often
  • Heal better
  • Fewer bladder or skin infections

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