Having diabetes increases the risk of other health complications, including heart problems, but there are lots of things you can do to effectively manage your diabetes.What’s most important is being aware and detecting diabetes early as it can help reduce the chances of developing more serious health problems. Your doctor will be able to best advise you if you have diabetes.

Diabetes also increases the effect of other factors such as smoking, unhealthy blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity so if you have diabetes, it’s important to make sure you control your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. To help maintain blood sugar levels and keep your heart healthy you should also:

  • Follow a balanced diet rich in fruit, vegetables, wholegrain breads and cereals, low-fat dairy products, and protein.
  • Participate in regular physical activity
  • Achieve/maintain a healthy body weight

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If you have any concerns, it’s important you always speak to your doctor.