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Living with diabetes

Here you’ll find information about living with diabetes.

Diabetes and diet

When you watch your diet because you have diabetes, you'll want to pay special attention to carbohydrates, because they can affect your blood sugar level faster than protein or fat.

Confused about how much you can eat when you have diabetes? First you need to know how much food is in a serving. It may be different from what you expect.

The glycaemic index gives you a way to tell slower-acting 'good carbs' from the ‘less desirable’ faster-acting carbs. You can use it to fine-tune your carb-counting and help keep your blood sugar more steady.

There are plenty of myths of about healthy eating with diabetes. We help you sort out the myths from the facts.

Losing weight improves your blood sugar control, improves your health and helps you feel better.

Drinking alcohol can cause your blood sugar to rise. Learn other effects of alcohol on diabetes, and how to drink safely.

Using artificial sweeteners is one solution for people with diabetes and a sweet tooth.

Learn about foods that diabetics can add to their diet to help regulate healthy blood sugar levels.

Managing blood sugar levels

Continuous glucose monitors are systems that track your blood sugar levels day and night. Learn how they work and who might benefit from using one.

Most people with diabetes need to check their blood sugar (glucose) levels regularly. The results help you and your doctor manage those levels, which helps you avoid diabetes complications.

Diabetes and family planning

Starting a family requires a bit more planning when you have diabetes. But you can take some simple steps to make sure your pregnancy and your baby are safe and healthy.


Living better

An illness can raise your blood sugar, so it's important to stay on top of your glucose levels. Learn tips for managing your diabetes when unwell.

Looking for organisations that provide information that can help you manage your diabetes? You may want to start with these groups.

Millions of people with diabetes refuse to let it get in the way of their careers, and there's no reason they should.

Foot and skin care

If you have diabetes, it is important to check your feet once a day and protect them from cuts, corns, blisters, and injuries.

Diabetes can dry out your skin. That means you could get injured more easily, be more likely to get an infection, and take longer to heal. Follow these tips to care for your skin and keep it healthy.

Here are some diabetes first aid tips.

Diabetes makes you more likely to get a wide range of skin problems. But you can do a lot to keep your skin healthy. These simple tips can help.

Oral health

Dental problems are 3 times more common in people with type 2 diabetes than in those without diabetes.

Having diabetes means special attention needs to be paid to care of teeth, gums and overall oral health.

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