Staying healthy

Having diabetes calls for a long-term commitment to managing your wellbeing. Good diabetes management requires you to follow a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity, healthy eating and regular appointments with your diabetes care team.

Diabetes NSW & ACT recognises how the condition can impact a range of aspects in everyday life, including your relationships, mental wellbeing, work etc, so we have created some fact sheets to assist in managing some of the daily challenges you may come across. Find out more about:

You can also call the Diabetes NSW & ACT Helpline on 1300 342238 to speak with one of our diabetes educators for help, advice and support about how to stay healthy.

We’ve put together
some information
sheets to help you

Lifestyle choices won’t cure type 1 diabetes,
but they can minimise complications

Staying on track mentally

Diabetes can be a source of stress and stress can cause fluctuations in blood glucose levels. Additionally, dealing with the stigma can be challenging and cause distress. However a bigger influence on your diabetes management is likely to be the way you look after your diabetes while under stress.

People with chronic illnesses such as diabetes can be at risk of developing depression as well as diabetes burnout. This occurs when someone with diabetes grows tired of managing their condition and feels like they want to ignore it altogether. Diabetes burnout can be a temporary feeling that comes and goes, and can last for days or weeks. Click on the links above to find out more about how to stay on track mentally, enhance your happiness and wellbeing, and where to go to get support.


Being diagnosed with a chronic condition can be challenging and have an impact on your relationships, particularly with your partner. Click on the links for information about the impact diabetes may have on your sexual health and during menopause.



Smoking, drugs and alcohol

People with pre-diabetes or diabetes are at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease and other conditions affecting the heart and blood vessels.

Did you know if you have diabetes, smoking doubles your already high risk of cardiovascular disease?

For people with diabetes, the use of illicit drugs can also result in poor blood glucose management with potentially serious consequences.

Certain steroids can affect anyone’s blood glucose levels. Often people who have diabetes and are taking large doses of steroids prescribed by their doctor for a medical condition, need to temporarily start or increase diabetes tablets or insulin injections.

Most people with diabetes can enjoy a small amount of alcohol. However, it’s best to discuss it first with your diabetes health care team.

Tattoos and piercings

If you are thinking about getting a tattoo or piercing, it is important to have your blood sugars well controlled before and after, to aid the healing process.