Diabetes management is all about self management, so the person with diabetes needs to:
Diabetes can be managed better by:
Some situations require extra care:
With good care people with diabetes can live a normal, active lifestyle, and reduce the risks of developing long term diabetes complications.
Healthy eating - food choices
In the past, having diabetes meant checking for ‘sugars’ in foods and avoiding these as much as possible. Thankfully the dreaded ‘diabetes diet’ is a thing of the past and has been replaced with simple healthy eating principles. There is no longer a need to prepare separate meals or to buy special foods. In fact, we recommend that people with diabetes follow the Dietary Guidelines for Australian Adults when making food choices, in addition to having a good understanding of carbohydrate counting and relationship between food and blood glucose levels.
Whilst the benefits of exercise will help in the management of type 1 diabetes, hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose) and hyperglyceamia (high blood sugar) may occur and require strategies to avoid or treat these conditions if or when they occur. It is important to liaise with your diabetes team to implement individual strategies to exercise safely and confidently. For further information on exercise and diabetes see the EXTD1 website.
For people with type 1 diabetes pre-conception planning is very important. As pregnancy in type 1 diabetes needs to be carefully monitored. A team of Allied Health Professionals such as a Endocrinologist, Diabetes Educator and Dietitian and an experienced Obstetrician are an important part of the pregnancy journey.
Further information on diabetes and pregnancy can be obtained from the links and resources below.
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At Diabetes SA we provide a range of education programs/seminars and resources to help people live well with diabetes.