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Diabetes doesn’t have to get in the way! 

The recent research by Sanofi as part of the ‘Diabetes Highs and Lows’ campaign revealed that patients with type 2 diabetes are anxious about having low blood sugar (also called a ‘hypo’) with 42% saying they would prefer to run their blood sugar levels high.

People with diabetes need to be supported by those around them to manage their condition. A recent study in the journal, Diabetic Medicine, showed even a modest and sustained improvement in blood glucose could help prevent over 950,000 medical complications over a 25-year period.1

Gatherings and holidays

Many people with diabetes will have to manage their blood glucose when they are on holiday or at social gatherings, such as a party, a work function, or simply eating out. This may make it hard as they are out of their normal routine and are often surrounded by more people than usual.

Dr Max Pemberton, Psychiatrist, commented: "My advice for people with diabetes is try not to feel anxious or judged. If you use insulin, be confident and show your peers that injecting is no big deal, but just something you do."

If you are travelling abroad, talk to your nurse about any changes in time zones or long haul flights as these can mess up your usual meal times.

Finally, and very importantly, remember to factor in holidays when booking your next check-up. It’s important not to miss these because you are away.

By thinking ahead, it will mean you can enjoy yourself whilst still protecting your future health.


More information

Don’t forget to refresh your knowledge of highs and lows symptoms on the ‘Highs and Lows’ campaign website.

For advice and tips on controlling your diabetes, visit the Diabetes UK website. 


[1] Baxter et al. Estimating the impact of better management of glycaemic control in adults with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes on the number of clinical complications and the associated financial benefit. Diabetic Medicine (2016). DOI: 10.1111/dme.13062