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Managing diabetes

Managing diabetes

Living with type 2 diabetes

Coping with hypos, health emergencies, travel, driving, insulin, discrimination issues and even making decisions on when and what to eat, are all part of coping with type 2 diabetes.

 

Diabetes Queensland is here to guide and support you along the path to maximising your health potential.

  • When you are unwell

    It is important to have a sick plan in place to help manage your diabetes during times of illness.    Contact your doctor or diabetes educator if: You can't eat normally - you probably still need to keep taking your diabetes tablets or insulin, and will need advice about...

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  • Hypoglycaemia (hypo) and Hyperglycaemia

    While hypoglycaemia occurs when your blood glucose levels drop (usually below 4.0mmol/L) hyperglycaemia occurs when the levels are too high (usually above 15mmol/L).   Hypos can be caused by missing a meal, not eating enough carbohydrates for a given dose of insulin, unplanned...

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  • Going to Hospital

    Where possible, appointments should be scheduled early in the morning, allowing for minimal disruption to your diabetes routine.  Make sure you take something to eat after the appointment.   Preparing for Surgery or procedures Provided you and your health care team are...

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  • Complications

    Over time, if your blood glucose levels (BGL's) are outside of the target range (hyperglycaemia), this can damage your body's organs.   Damage to the big blood vessels (macrovascular) can lead to heart attack and stroke. Damage to the small blood vessels (microvascular) can cause eye,...

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  • Diabetes and depression

    Living with diabetes can affect your emotional wellbeing, but you can learn some strategies to help you cope and positively impact on your overall health.   Coping strategies Don't isolate yourself Don't be hard on yourself Talk to your diabetes health care team and let them know how...

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  • Travel and Driving

    If you are going on a trip, whether by car, plane or train, it is essential that you plan your diabetes management for the duration of the journey.    There are a number of things to consider when planning a trip, such as different airline regulations (for domestic and international...

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  • In the Workplace

    Diabetes Queensland has produced a comprehensive guide for employees: An Employee's Guide to Diabetes in the Workplace, which was developed to overcome misconceptions and ignorance around diabetes in the workplace.    The booklet contains in depth information about your...

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