WHAT HAPPENS WHEN DIAGNOSED?
Testing: Regardless of what type of Diabetes you have you will need to test your blood sugar levels regularly. Many of these will be self administered, using a home-glucose testing meter.
Eat Better: There is no specific DIABETIC diet but it’s important to center your diet on high-fibre, low fat fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Reduce animal products, refined carbohydrates and sweets. Low glycemic index (GI) foods may be helpful.
Get Active. Make physical activity part of your daily routine. Aim for 30 minutes of aerobic exercise 5 days a week and combine with resistance training (weights, yoga) twice a week. Physical activity lowers blood sugar and a combination helps control your levels more effectively.
Get in touch with Diabetes Ireland and/or Diabetes UK Northern Ireland for a full range of support leaflets and online learning.