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Living with diabetes

Living with diabetes is difficult. There are so many factors to consider and this can be stressful, but you shouldn’t need to put your life on hold. This section will provide you with the information you need on how you can fit diabetes around your lifestyle, from what to eat to how you can treat and manage your condition effectively. 

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Treatments

Treatments

There are a number of treatments available to help you manage your diabetes. Whether you have Type 1 or Type 2, this section will help you on how best to take action and control your diabetes in a way that suits your lifestyle.
Food and exercise

Food and exercise

The foods you eat can affect your diabetes management, how well you feel and how much energy you have, but there is no such thing as a ‘diabetic diet’ or food plan. Keeping active is also good for our overall health and wellbeing.
Tests

Tests

From regularly checking blood sugar levels to monitoring your long-term control, tests are a vital part of looking after your diabetes. Have a read of this section for more information on tests that will help you to keep on top of
Complications

Complications

Diabetes can cause serious complications. It’s important to make sure you’re getting the 15 healthcare essentials – the vital checks you’re entitled to – to reduce your risk of developing these complications in the future.
Pregnancy

Pregnancy

With dedication and some careful planning, having a healthy pregnancy and baby is absolutely possible when you have diabetes. Have a read of this section for help on how to prepare and plan for your new arrival.
Driving

Driving

Having diabetes doesn’t confine you to the passenger seat, but careful planning is essential. From information on hypos to safe driving tips, this section will give you the low-down on all you need to know about diabetes and drivi
Emotional issues

Emotional issues

Living with a long-term health condition affects people in different ways. Dealing with a diagnosis is difficult and managing diabetes can be overwhelming. Here, you can find out how to access the emotional support you need.

Your stories

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Talking to people who 'get it' can make such a difference

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'I reached the summit for Diabetes UK'

Chloe, aged 12, so enjoyed her weekend away through the Diabetes UK family holidays that she decided to raise funds to say ‘thank you’...
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