Staying well with diabetes
An important part of living well with diabetes is balancing your blood glucose levels (BGLs). Keeping them within your target range as often as possible will not only keep you feeling healthy and well, but also help to reduce your risk of developing diabetes-related complications.
Knowing how your BGLs are affected will help you to understand how to manage your diabetes. Your BGLs can be affected by the food you eat, exercise you do, stress, illness and any medications you take.
Diabetes treatment & management
How you manage your BGLs depends on your type of diabetes, personal circumstances and other medical conditions.
For instance, if you have type 1 diabetes you must have insulin every day. You will administer insulin by multiple daily injections or an insulin pump. It can be a daily balancing act juggling insulin doses with food and physical activity to maintain BGLs within a healthy and safe level.
If you have type 2 diabetes you may manage your condition in different ways. You may be required to take tablets or injectable medication such as insulin to keep your BGLs within a healthy target range. It is also important to eat a healthy balanced diet and be physically active.