Living with diabetes
Eating a healthy, balanced diet that’s high in fibre, fruit and vegetables, and low in fat, salt and sugar is important for your health. Exercising regularly helps to lower your blood sugar level too, so try and do at least two and a half hours a week.
Diabetes increases your risk of heart attack or stroke and so does smoking. If you’re a smoker, you should try giving up to lower your risk of other health problems.
Alcohol affects your blood sugar level. It can make it high or low depending on how much you drink. And drinking too much can make taking insulin or monitoring your blood glucose difficult, so you should be careful not to drink more than the recommend daily alcohol limit. That’s two to three units for women and three to four units for men.