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EAT THREE TIMES A DAY.

Never skip a meal or eat much later than usual. This can cause your blood sugar levels to drop and cause many unpleasant symptoms, the worst of which is a diabetic coma. Small, regular meals are preferable to one large one.

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Get a grip on your weight.

Having the correct weight goes a long way to making this condition manageable. Consult your doctor about healthy weight loss diets. Watch out for your eyes. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people between 25 – 74. Have regular eye tests and stick to your medication, diet and exercise routine.

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Watch out for your eyes.

Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people between 25 – 74. Have regular eye tests and stick to your medication, diet and exercise routine.

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Do not leave home without it.

If you have Type-1 Diabetes and are insulin-dependent, you need to have insulin injections with you at all times. Show friends and family how to inject you if you should become
unable to do it yourself. Always have spare supplies if you are travelling.

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Become a snackpacker.

To correct low blood sugar, you should always carry something sweet with you wherever you go. Raisins, fruit juice, soda (not sugar-free) or hard sweets like toffees, are good for this purpose.

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Become tagged.

Wearing a medic alert bracelet is essential for all diabetics – it could save your life if you are in an accident of some sort or if you go into a diabetic coma.

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Fat happens.

Beware of the hidden fats in things like sauces, stews, fried foods and pastries. Get into a habit of using low-fat or fat-free dairy products and vegetable oil spray rather than butter
or margarine.

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Do not hit the bottle.

Alcohol is generally high in sugar content and having one too many can play havoc with your blood sugar levels. A tot of whiskey is probably the best as it contains no sugar.

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Chew on this.

Have your teeth checked regularly. Diabetes can compromise your immune system, which fights off viruses and bacteria. Your mouth is a haven for bacteria and hence your teeth are at risk if you are diabetic.

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Go nuts with fruits and vegetables.

Eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. When cooking vegetables, grill them and sprinkle them with spices, vinegar, garlic or lemon juice. Strawberries and bananas are both good fruits to choose.

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Get a move on.

All diabetics need regular, fairly moderate exercise. It is much better to walk for half an hour every day than to do a once-a-week marathon gym session. The latter could, in fact, be harmful to your health.

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Feet first.

Choose the type of exercise that is not hard on your feet. Blisters, cuts and foot infections can spell serious trouble for diabetics. Swimming is good, as is cycling, or even gentle
walking.

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If the shoe fits.

Make sure that your shoes fit properly and that they are comfortable to walk in. Infections or cuts in your feet can start off a chain reaction that can have serious long-term effects.

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Chill out.

High-stress levels can cause hyperglycaemia (high blood sugar). A healthy diet and regular exercise can help to control this, but it might be wise to see a therapist and learn some de-stressing techniques.

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