What you can do

Diabetes is a progressive condition, however looking after your health, eating well, getting regular physical activity and keeping blood glucose levels within target ranges can slow that progression and reduce your risk of developing some the serious complications associated with diabetes.

You will be in charge of your diabetes management. It doesn’t have to be a full-time job, but you do have to be mindful of it day in, day out. The important thing is, you’re not alone. Many people find their families and friends are an important source of support and inspiration.

You should also get familiar with your diabetes healthcare team. This refers to the range of health professionals who will help you manage different aspects of the condition. Because diabetes impacts on every part of your body your diabetes healthcare team will include your GP, Credentialed Diabetes Educator, dietitian, podiatrist and eye specialist. The team approach helps you to learn all you need to know about diabetes, treatment and management.