Top Tips for Managing Your Diabetes
- Attend ALL appointments and blood tests, please!
- Contact us if you have any queries – we’re here to help you.
- Have three meals a day, every day. Snack on whole fruit.
- Cook from scratch with as many colourful vegetables as you can.
- Avoid commercially prepared foods such as ready meals, pies, pastries, cakes and biscuits.
- Eat fresh foods with a short shelf life. Remember “good food goes bad”. Things that last for a long time without freezing are generally best avoided.
- White or beige coloured carbohydrate rich foods such as rice, mashed potatoes, crackers, bread and breakfast cereals make blood sugar rise quickly. Avoid pale coloured foods and eat darker, wholemeal, granary, seeded or rye based carbs. Porridge is an exception to this rule (without sugar or syrups!)
- Take 30 mins of brisk exercise every day in addition to your normal activities. Doing something to raise your heart rate and make you feel warm is about the right level. Perhaps an evening walk around the Garrison or a swim? It’s also brilliant for helping maintain safe blood pressure levels.
- The best way to manage Diabetes long term is to eat sensibly and exercise more. Medications often cause weight gain so are not a quick fix.
- Look after your feet, Cornwall has the highest rate of foot amputation in the UK. If you injure your foot, get in touch as soon as possible. Tell Reception staff you are Diabetic and you use your “Fast Pass” to access appointments.
- Get familiar reading food labels, manufacturers use confusing language to make you think something is better than it is.
- Make sure you have your Flu vaccine.
www.diabetes.org.uk and www.nhs.uk/conditions/type-2-diabetes are packed full of useful information and forums you can join to get support.