LIVING WELL WITH DIABETES
We have pulled together some information to help you live your fullest and best life – don't let diabetes stand in your way!
TYPE 1 DIABETES
Type 1 diabetes is managed with: Insulin replacement through lifelong insulin injections or use of an insulin pump. Monitoring of blood glucose levels regularly (up to 6 times every day or as directed by a doctor or Credentialled Diabetes Educator) Following a healthy diet and eating plan.
TYPE 2 DIABETES
If you have Type 2 diabetes then the daily activities that make up your 'diabetes management' will largely depend on your own individual circumstances. You may need to consider some lifestyle changes; how you fit these into your daily life will have a large bearing on the overall success of your diabetes treatment.
Diabetes management can refer to dealing with short term events such as high and low blood sugar to controlling it over the long term such as by getting to grips with understanding the condition.
FOOD AND NUTRITION
Healthy eating is an essential part of managing both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The following facts about food and healthy eating will help you understand the requirements of a healthy food plan to maintain the balance required between food, physical activity and insulin or medication, depending on the type of diabetes you have been diagnosed with.
ANNUAL DIABETES CHECKUP
It is important for all people with diabetes to get an annual check up with your doctor or specialist (your doctor or specialist may recommend you have more regular check ups).
Some of the things that may be checked at your check up along with goal levels are listed here.
VISITORS & IMMIGRANTS
TO NEW ZEALAND
If you are thinking of emigrating to New Zealand you will have to supply medical details of your state of health. Your details will be assessed by a consultant physician based in New Zealand before you are considered for residency.