Diabetes is a chronic and progressive disease that impacts on almost every aspect of life. It has become one of New Zealand’s leading health problems, currently affecting over 225,000 people with more than 50 new people being diagnosed each day.
Finding out you have diabetes can be upsetting. You may find you experience many different emotions and feel anxious, sad or angry about developing diabetes. Learning to manage your diabetes starts with knowing what you can do to feel better and stay healthy.
Living and coping with diabetes can be difficult. The good news is you can live a long and healthy life by controlling your blood glucose level. You can do this by:
- Eating healthy meals and snacks
- Enjoying regular physical activity
- Monitoring your blood glucose (sugar) using a home blood glucose meter
- Aiming for a healthy body weight
- Taking diabetes medications including insulin and other medications, if prescribed by your doctor
Living well with diabetes is about making good lifestyle choices and recognising there are things you can control.