Managing Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes develops when your body is unable to produce enough insulin, or the insulin that is produced doesn’t work properly.  

The vast majority of diabetes sufferers have type 2 diabetes; it accounts for between 85 and 95 per cent of all people with the condition.

Although there’s no cure for diabetes, the good news is that through some lifestyle changes you may be able to manage the condition without the need for other types of treatment.

Today we’re looking at three key lifestyle changes for managing type 2 diabetes, and where you can find information and advice online to tackle each.

Healthy Eating

A healthy, balanced diet is the cornerstone to a good life and one of the most important ways you can manage your condition. There’s no such thing as a diabetic diet or diet plan; learning how to shop, cook and eat properly means you can enjoy food and stay healthy too. You can find great resources online, including:


Exercise is important for people with or without diabetes – it helps us stay active and mobile as we age, manage stress and feel good. Physical activity is particularly important to help prevent and manage type 2 diabetes. A combination of moderate-intensity aerobic or cardio activity and muscle-strengthening activities will help you stay fighting fit. You can find resources online like:

Weight Management

If you are overweight or obese and have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, gradually and safely losing weight until you are within the healthy BMI range will also help manage your condition. Forget fad diets and unrealistic goals; weight management with diabetes is about simple lifestyle shifts that over time get you to a healthier weight.

Do you have Type 2 Diabetes? Share your experiences with us in the comments below.

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24th May 2020
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I was diagnosed type 2 in January the first fasting fingerprick test wss 21. The first 6 weeks I just took the metformin, nothing much changed, fasting fingerprick went down to 18.9. Then I found the "Beat Diabetes" channel on YouTube. I then cut out high carb foods and found alternatives.
Since then my glucose levels have been falling, today's fasting test was 7.8. The levels are trending downward. Not astonishing results, I still take metformin, but hope one day to be able to at least reduce the dose.
I recomend anyone seeking information, motivation and guidence on type 2 to watch "Beat Diabetes" on YouTube.
14th Aug 2018
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No mention of it here, but liver damage can also be a cause of Type 2 Diabetes. Here the liver can become so badly scared that it becomes insulin resistant. I've had many a diabetic nurse tall me, "Oh it's your pancreas not producing enough insulin, when in fact the pancreas is having to work overtime. Also it is possible that the bodies CRTC2 genes aren't working as they should.
13th Jun 2018
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Good summary. It would help generally if articles were set up so they could be easily saved as a printable (or not!!) file, without the rest of the detail on the page.
Always useful, thanks.
13th Jun 2018
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Just been diagnosed with pre-diabetes and as such am keen to learn all I can from preventing to going further...

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