Our Pharmacist Mona Answers Your Questions on Diabetes

I have recently been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Do you have any tips to help me manage it?

There are a few things that you can do to help manage Diabetes and make it a part of your day to day life. This can include regular monitoring of your blood glucose level. This is important as keeping your levels under control can decrease the risk of any complications in the future. Take readings before meals and 2 hours after a meal. Aim for 4 to 7mmol before meals and less than 8.5mmol, 2 hours after meals.

Having regular cholesterol and blood pressure checks can help monitor your condition and maintaining a healthy lifestyle such as eating regular meals including a diet of vegetables, high fibre foods and avoiding high saturated fats. Increasing physical activity can improve the condition of your heart and lowers your blood pressure.

Speak to your pharmacist, diabetes nurse or doctor for more information on developing a care plan that will work for your individual needs.

I’m worried that I’m at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. What steps can I take to reduce my risk?

Diabetes is a condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. There are around 3 in 5 cases of Type 2 Diabetes which can be delayed or prevented by making changes to your lifestyle1.

Some factors that we have no control over, such as age, ethnicity or genetics, can increase your risk of Type 2 Diabetes. However, there are others such as being overweight or high blood pressure that you can take action on to help to reduce your risk.

I’ve heard that weight loss is important as a Type 2 Diabetic. Do you have any tips to help me lose weight and stay healthy?

If you’re living with diabetes, it’s important to keep active and healthy. One of the best ways to do this is to make small changes to your daily routine including exercise. This can help you keep active, without feeling under pressure to make time. Some simple ways to do this is to swap your car for a bike. You could also try making everyday tasks such as household chores more physical by fitting in some squats or stretches, or adding extra weights to your vacuum cleaner to work out your arms. You could also try using a fitness tracker which helps to count your daily steps, keeps track of how many calories you burn or know how healthy your heart rate is.

Will my Type 2 diabetes ever go away?

Type 2 Diabetes is a long term condition; however by caring for your health you will make managing your condition easier and minimise your risk of developing further complications. The best ways to manage your health include maintaining good physical and mental health, preventing illness or accidents and effectively dealing with minor ailments and long-term conditions, as well as seeing your diabetes care team regularly.

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