Diabetes is a serious health condition. People with diabetes are at increased risk of serious complications such as blindness, amputations and stroke.

 

Managing Diabetes

 

Managing diabetes effectively depends on responding to each individual’s needs and the type of diabetes they have, but one of the key aspects of diabetes management is ensuring that the person’s blood glucose levels are well controlled. This is because diabetes develops when your body can’t produce insulin or when the insulin it produces doesn’t work properly. Left unchecked, this can lead to high blood glucose levels and these can cause very serious health problems.

People with Type 1 diabetes with cannot produce any insulin so will need to take insulin either by injection or a pump to control their blood glucose levels. They will also need to monitor their blood glucose levels daily and adjust their medication around daily activities such as exercising and eating.

People with Type 2 diabetes do not produce enough insulin or the insulin they produce isn’t working properly, so they may treat it with a healthy balanced diet and increased physical activity. They may also need medication such as Metformin, a drug that lowers blood glucose levels, and some people with Type 2 diabetes may also need to manage their condition with insulin. Weight loss surgery may also be recommended for people with Type 2 diabetes who have a BMI over 30.

 

Diabetes education

 

Managing your diabetes, making lifestyle changes and fitting the demands of the condition into daily life can be challenging. This is why it is essential that people with diabetes receive the support and information they need to manage their condition well. Diabetes education courses can help people to understand what it is and how it affects their body.
In fact evidence shows that people who have been on an education course are more likely to have the their blood glucose levels well controlled. We are campaigning to ensure that everyone with diabetes is given the chance to learn about their condition. Attending an education course is also included in Diabetes UK’s 15 Healthcare Essentials, the essential health checks and services that everyone with diabetes should be getting from their healthcare team every year to help them to manage their diabetes well.

Good self-management of diabetes is crucial to help reduce risk of developing serious complications so it is essential that people with diabetes get the support and care they need to do this effectively.