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Arm yourself with treatment and lifestyle information.

Healthy living with diabetes at every stage in life means being aware of how your body, and your condition, put changing demands on you as you grow older. These strategies for managing your diabetes at every stage of your development will help keep you at your best. Be sure to test your blood glucose levels and follow the diabetes management plan set by your healthcare professional.

As a Teenager

  • Stay aware of your blood glucose levels when your school or after school activity schedule changes.
  • If meal times become irregular, test your blood glucose to see if your levels are safe or if you need a snack to keep going.
  • Do exercise to improve your body’s sensitivity to insulin and blood glucose control.

As an Adult

  • Keep your blood glucose well controlled to stay energetic.
  • Incorporate foods with a low glycemic index (GI) into your diet.
  • Keep stress under control as it may cause your blood glucose to rise.
  • In case you fall sick, make sure to consult with your healthcare professional to have a plan in place.

As a Parent

  • Help your child monitor his or her health with regular blood tests done at the clinic and at home.
  • Try not to stress about your child with diabetes. Seek out advice from a healthcare professional.
  • Communicate and work with your child and healthcare professionals towards blood glucose management.
  • Be supportive and actively look out for signs of depression or tiredness in your child.

As an Older Patient

  • Take care of your feet every day by checking for blisters, cuts or scratches.
  • Keep your feet clean and dry, especially the area between your toes.

People with diabetes are at higher risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma. Have your eyes checked at least once a year and more often if there are signs of eye disease.

Information provided is for general background purposes and is not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis or advice from a qualified healthcare professional.
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