How to keep your sugar levels stable when you have type 2 diabetes

How to keep your sugar levels stable when you have type 2 diabetes

A new survey has found that a quarter of people with type 2 diabetes feel anxious about 'hypos' - when you have low blood sugar levels that can result in a range of symptoms, from shaking to blurred vision. The study, by Sanofi, also found that 58 per cent felt self-conscious or avoid injecting insulin in front of other people. But there's nothing to be ashamed of - type 2 diabetes, which develops when your body can't produce enough insulin, is quite common, and can be managed with some easy lifestyle tweaks.

  • Keeping a daily record of your blood glucose levels can help you know whether you’re on or off target for meeting these goals.
  • If you experience regular changes in your blood glucose levels, then keeping a daily record of what you’ve eaten that day, any activities you’ve done, or any treatment you have taken and at which dose, can all help you and your healthcare professional understand what is causing the changes.
  • Healthy eating with a varied diet that's low in fat, sugar and salt will make a big difference to your overall health. Make sure to eat regular starchy carbs (pasta, potatoes) and plenty of vegetables to keep your energy up.
  • Stick to the recommended alcohol limits (14 units a week) as too much - especially on an empty stomach - can play havoc with your glucose levels.
  • Have your eyes tested once a year to ensure you don't have diabetic retinopathy.
  • Diabetes is associated with poor circulation in your feet, so make sure to wash them daily and keep your toenails short for tip-top foot health.
  • For advice on when is best for you to measure your blood glucose, talk to your healthcare professional. You should be tested once a year to check your levels are in order.
  • It is important to remember you’re not alone. When you’re living with diabetes, it’s advised that you discuss your blood glucose levels with your healthcare professional.
  • You can use the Diabetes UK checklist to help you to look at your highs and lows.
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