There’s a lot to get your head around if you have diabetes. These pages are here to give you the answers on lifestyle changes, managing diabetes while you’re ill, managing hypos and hypers, and getting a good night’s sleep. You don’t have to know all of this stuff at once – just take things one step at a time.
Managing diabetes when you’re ill
Here are some quick guides on what to do if you’re ill, have the flu, or need to go into hospital for whatever reasons.
Managing diabetes while you’re ill
Covers tips on how to keep your blood sugar level during illness and what medication you can still take.
Dealing with the flu
This page gives a brief overview of the flu, how to reduce your chances of getting it, and what to watch out for when taking flu medications.
Going into hospital
This page has some tips on how to make your stay in hospital as comfortable as possible.
Hypos and hypers
Hypos (hypocaemia) and hypers (hyperglycaemia) are when your blood sugar levels peak and trough. Your body will react differently if you have a hypo or a hyper, and every person with diabetes will experience hypos and hypers at some point.
You can avoid hypos and hypers by taking your insulin or tablets, eating healthily, and monitoring your food and activity levels. These pages look at different kinds of hypos and hypers, how to avoid them, and what to do if you’re experiencing one.
What are hypos?
This page looks at what hypos are, how to tell if you’re having a hypo, and whether you can predict a hypo in advance.
Dealing with hypos
This page gives you the steps to follow if you’re having a hypo.
Hypos can happen at night. This page looks at how to tell if you’re having a night-time hypo, why they might happen, and what to do if you’re having one.
Looks at why severe hypos happen and what friends and family need to do to treat you if you have one.
This page looks at what hypers are, how to tell you’re having one, how to treat it, and what to do if you’re having hypers regularly.
Looking after our health is important for all of us but when you have type 2 diabetes, staying healthy becomes a vital way to reduce the risks of diabetes-related complications. With this in mind, we’ve designed a range of pages on healthy living to help you feel better informed about how to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
Alcohol and diabetes
If you have diabetes, but want to drink alcohol, this page will give you some tips to help you avoid any complications.
This page will show you how you can quit smoking, with references to the support other organisations can offer you.
Looks at how to get active if you have diabetes, what exercises you can try, and who can help.
Why is diet important?
A quick look at why a healthy diet makes such a difference to your outlook and health if you have diabetes.
Healthy eating tips
There is no such thing as a “diabetic diet”, but this page is here to give an overview of what does and doesn’t count as healthy food.
Healthy eating on a budget
Looks at how to cut your food costs at the supermarket while maintaining a healthy diet.
How much we eat is important as well as what we eat. This page has tips on how to control the size of your portions including when eating out.
Going out to eat
Looks at how to stay healthy when ordering a takeaway or going out to eat.
Eating well when you’re busy
It can be hard to keep our blood sugar levels consistent if we have a busy or changing routine, so here are some tips on what you can do.
Fasting and type 2 diabetes
This page will explore why people with diabetes need to consider the health implications of fasting and will give some tips on how to manage your fast, if you wish to do this.
Preventing other conditions
Diagnosis can be overwhelming. The immediate future can look challenging enough, without the long-term future to worry about. The good news is that early diagnosis with regular, small lifestyle changes and careful management can make all the difference to slowing down or preventing many of long-term complications due to your diabetes. In this section, you will find information on how to look after your heart, eyes, kidneys and feet.
Looking after your heart
This page looks at how diabetes affects your heart, how to tell if you have heart disease, and what you can do to reduce your risk.
Looking after your eyesight
Looks at the relationship between diabetes and eye problems and what you can do to reduce your risk of something happening.
Looking after your kidneys
This page looks at how diabetes can affect your kidneys, what the consequences are, and how to reduce your risk of kidney disease.
Looking after your feet
Looks at how to check your feet for problems and wear the right footwear to prevent problems occurring.