Life with Diabetes

There is no cure for diabetes, however effective treatment exists. It entails access to the appropriate medication, quality of care and good medical advice, you should be able to lead an active and healthy lifestyle and reducing the risk of developing complications.

Good diabetes control means keeping your blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible.

This can be achieved by a combination of the following:

• a healthy lifestyle
• attend a diabetes clinic for regular follow up,
• get your recomended vacines...a yearly flu shot to protect you against flu and pneumococcal vacine against pneumonia,
• have an annual risk assesment,
• take your medication as prescribed,
• monitor your blood glucose weekly or as regularly as possible

Healthy Lifestyle involves:-

If you have Diabetes you need to maintain a healthy living pattern

• Ensure healthy meal planning- balanced diet, eat a variety of foods in all food groups, enough fruits and vegetables: watch out on fat and sugar, processed foods, and commercial juices/ soft drinks
• Regular exercise/ Physical activity - at least 4 to 5 days a week. incorporate physical activity in most of you daily chores.
• Weight management by use of good meal planning and regular exercise
• Avoid Alcohol
• Avoid Smoking
• Ensure good emotional wellbeing by stress management techniques, support groups and counseling Management of Diabetes

Diabetes can be managed through the following ways

• Meal planning
• Physical activity
• Diabetes self management education
• Psychosocial support
• Medications

Medication can be in the form of Injection or Tablets
Type 1 Diabetes is managed by Insulin Injection
Type 2 Diabetes is managed by tablets ( oral glucose lowering agents - OGLAs) and in later stages or in particular sitautions, with Insulin alone or in combination with OGLAs

Have you ever been tested for Diabetes?