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Live healthily to avoid the complications of diabetes

Healthy eating diet
Healthy eating diet

Douglas Twenefour

Deputy head of care, Diabetes UK

There are some general tips you can follow to help you manage blood glucose (sugar) levels, blood pressure and cholesterol to reduce your risk of diabetes complications.

There’s no one-size-fits-all diet or exercise regime that will work for everyone living with type 2 diabetes. The complications of diabetes are potentially life-threatening, and include cardiovascular disease, stroke, sight loss, amputation and kidney diseases. That’s why careful management of diabetes is so important.

If you have type 2 diabetes and are overweight, losing weight can significantly improve your diabetes management. It can help lower your blood glucose levels and reduce your risk of complications. We’ve even seen that substantial weight loss, along with close clinical support, can put some people’s type 2 diabetes into remission.

Regardless of what type of diabetes you have, or whether you need to lose, gain or maintain your current weight, it’s vital that you make the healthy food choices, and live as active a lifestyle as possible. We’ve produced some tips – available in full on the Diabetes UK website – to help you make healthier food choices.

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