There are several important elements to living a healthy life
with type 1 diabetes. People with diabetes are recommended to
follow the same healthy eating and activity guidelines as the
general population (there's no need to follow a special diet!).
It is also important to recognise that diabetes can have a big
impact on your mental health and you may need to seek help or put
in place strategies to deal with 'diabetes burnout'.
Engaging with other people with type 1 diabetes - either online
or in-person- is an important support tool that many people with
type 1 diabetes swear by. See the list of helpful links for
some good places to start engaging with others with type 1.
Choose the right food.
Choose a broad variety of foods from the five food groups:
breads, cereals, rice, pasta, and noodles
vegetables and legumes
lean meat, fish, poultry and nuts
Watch your portions
Match your energy intake with your energy output...
Exercise and keeping active is important for
your health, whether you have diabetes or not.
The Australian Guidelines for Physical Activity provide
recommendations for the type of regular exercise that benefits our
The recommended amount of exercise for...
Your diabetes health team is the team you can turn to when
needing advice, tests or medical treatment. A number of
health professionals make up the diabetes health care team.
General Practitioner - Your GP
remains your primary carer, and works with other members of...
Measuring and recording your blood glucose levels is important,
as it helps you understand how your body responds to changes in
insulin levels, eating patterns, physical activity and other
A change in the pattern can alert you to possible problems that
may need to be discussed...
What does an insulin pump do?
An insulin pump is a small, computerised device worn outside the
body, that can easily be hidden under clothing - it looks a little
like a pager. The pump works like a healthy pancreas
delivering tiny, regular doses of insulin via a flexible canula