A healthy diet is a powerful tool for managing type 2 diabetes, helping you keep control and improve overall well-being.
Many people can manage their diabetes without being affected at work. However, a full work day may mean that you struggle with eating healthy, taking medication or keeping your blood glucose stable. Here are some things you can do to feel your best in the workplace.
Having an insulin injection routine can mean making accommodations to make sure you are able to check your blood glucose and take your medication when needed. Read on to find out what you can or should do when injecting insulin in different situations.
When ill, even if you are not eating, blood glucose levels tend to rise:
What should I do?
Generally, it is a good idea to take your insulin pen, a mobile phone and a sugary snack with you when exercising so that you are prepared in case of emergencies. Make sure you are wearing a medical alert that tells others you are on insulin.
Also, make sure you are not exposing the insulin in your pen to extreme temperatures (>25°C, <4°C), such as by leaving it in the sun or next to a frosty playing field.
Before starting any exercise programme, however, speak to your diabetes health care professional and ask for their advice. They will probably give you a general check-up and tell you how to adjust your food and medication, including insulin, to balance your blood glucose control accordingly.
To find out more about managing diabetes with exercise, read our section on getting active.
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Date of Preparation: October 2022. IE22DI00179
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