Staying Healthy

Having type 2 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 team.

However, as diabetes can impact a whole range of aspects in everyday life, such as relationships, your mental wellbeing, your job etc, we have put together some fact sheets and articles to help you manage some things you may find challenging.

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Diabetes can impact a whole range of aspects in everyday life

Staying on track mentally

Diabetes itself can be a source of stress.  Dealing with the stigma can be challenging and cause distress. Stress itself can cause fluctuations in blood glucose levels. However a bigger influence on your diabetes management is likely to be the way you look after your diabetes whilst 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, building happiness and wellbeing and where to go for support.

Relationships

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 menopause.

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Smoking, drugs and alcohol

People with pre-diabetes or diabetes are already at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease, a group of conditions affecting the heart and blood vessels. 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 forms of steroids can affect blood glucose levels in people with and without diabetes. 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 having a tattoo or piercing, it is important to have your blood sugars well controlled before and after, as this will help the healing process.