What can you do to manage your type 2 diabetes?

Winter can be a particularly challenging time if you are living with type 2 diabetes. The following information will help you to stay well this Winter.

General advice

Diabetes UK is a leading charity with a wealth of helpful information for people living with diabetes. This includes:

Diabetes UK also run a free patient helpline that can answer any questions you may have and offer advice on staying well, including through physical activity.

Keeping your feet healthy

You must have regular foot checks as diabetes can cause foot problems that can become serious if left untreated.

The Royal College of Podiatry (RCPod) lists the following simple self-care measures:

  • check your feet every day
  • clean and dress any cuts, scratches or wounds
  • always wear footwear
  • ensure your shoes fit properly
  • never sit with your feet too close to a fire
  • visit a podiatrist for corns and calluses
  • avoid using corn plasters.

More information is available on the RCPod website.

If you develop a foot ulcer please seek face to face medical attention immediately, do not delay.

Home diabetes education

People living with type 2 diabetes and their carers can benefit from free, NHS online health living education. This short course is broken down into sections with helpful videos and other resources.

High blood pressure

It is not uncommon for people living with diabetes to also experience high blood pressure. The British Heart Foundation provide help and support on their Managing your blood pressure at home web hub.

Sick day rules

If you are treated with tablets and / or injections e.g. insulin, please download and read this leaflet to know what to do if you become unwell. You may also find this advice on sick day rules from Diabetes UK useful.

Steroid treatment in people living with type 2 diabetes

If you are prescribed steroid treatment for conditions that you may have alongside type 2 diabetes – such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or Covid-19 – it is more important than ever that you control your glucose levels. The healthcare professional who prescribed the steroid treatment will give you specific advice. This leaflet on managing type 2 diabetes and steroid treatment provides further information.