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Diabetes is a complex condition. Diabetes has often been listed as the most complex condition that people are expected to manage, for the most part, independently. Because of this it will probably take you a long time to feel confident with the range of different aspects of managing your diabetes.
The good news is you have a team of people to call on when you need help or advice with your diabetes. This team includes us here at Diabetes NZ, your doctor, diabetes nurse educators, dietitians, podiatrists and diabetes medical specialists.
A key part to managing your diabetes is developing your self-care skills. This includes learning about your diabetes, what it is and how to manage it. It also involves developing confidence in the choices you make.
Living with diabetes is a lifelong journey in learning. Your diabetes does not stay the same, so it is likely that over the years how you manage it will change.
Just remember, while diabetes can be a complex condition to live with, it can be managed and people with diabetes can and do live active and healthy lives.
In a nutshell - managing your diabetes
If you have type 1 diabetes, you can manage your diabetes through a combination of insulin medication, healthy food choices and exercise. Of course there are other important things you will need to to be aware of and keep an eye on, so click on the link above to read more about how you can stay well with type 1 diabetes.
If you have type 2 diabetes, you may be able to manage your diabetes through healthy food choices and exercise alone, or through a combination of these things and tablet medication. However, eventually many people with type 2 will manage their diabetes with insulin as well. There are other important things to be aware of and keep an eye on, so click on the link above to read more about how you can stay well with type 2 diabetes.
It's important for people with diabetes to get a regular check
Every person with diabetes should get an annual check up with their doctor or specialist (though your doctor or specialist may recommend a more regular check up). You may qualify for a free check through the Diabetes Care Improvement Plan or Care Plus Programme. Check with you doctor or practice nurse. You may also decide to have your check in the month of your birthday each year. This is often a good way of remembering to have your check.