Unfortunately, you cannot prevent type 1 diabetes . Type 2 diabetes can often be prevented by improving your lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle can reduce (or slow) your risk of type 2 diabetes.
Reduce the consequences of diabetes through a healthy lifestyle
If you already have diabetes, it is important that your condition does not get worse. As a diabetic you have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and other problems, such as less good healing of wounds. Your diabetes will be monitored through check-ups with your doctor and internist. But you can also work on it yourself: with a healthy lifestyle and good use of your medicines.
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Our advice to reduce (the risk of) diabetes
A healthy lifestyle is important to prevent type 2 diabetes. These are the top five pieces of advice:
Exercise enough, at least half an hour a day Exercise is healthy. The advice is to exercise intensively for at least half an hour every day. For example, by walking, cycling, playing tennis, dancing or swimming. When you exercise every day, you are fitter and have more energy. This will also reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. If you already have diabetes, exercise reduces the risk of unpleasant consequences of diabetes. More exercise makes your body more sensitive to insulin, which makes it easier for you to absorb glucose. More about healthy exercise. Don't smoke or quit smoking If you smoke, you run up to twice the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. You damage your lungs, your heart and your blood vessels. Read more about the consequences of smoking. Maintain a healthy weight Are you overweight? Your risk of type 2 diabetes decreases rapidly when you lose weight. A few kilos less already helps. Read more about healthy weight loss. Eat a healthy diet Healthy food improves health because your body gets all the nutrients it needs. If you eat healthily, you will also keep your weight (better) and you will feel (more) fit. That reduces your risk of diabetes. Read more about healthy eating. Also read our 10 tips to eat less salt or less sugar . Do not drink too much alcohol Drinking alcohol is allowed, but preferably not every day. If you do drink alcohol, do not drink more than 1 glass per day. Not only the alcohol, but also the number of carbohydrates has an effect on your blood sugar levels. So pay close attention to your blood sugar levels when drinking alcohol. Find out more about how alcohol affects your health.
Use a new lancet and a new test strip for each fingerstick
Otherwise, the needle will become dull and hurt more quickly.
First, warm your hands
Then blood will come out of your finger more easily.
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Prick the side of the top phalanx
Many patients prick the fingertip. That can be very painful. The middle finger and the ring finger lend themselves well to a finger prick, because – unlike the thumb and index finger – they are not used as much. You can also use the side of the finger.
Use a new pen needle for each insulin injection
A needle is for single use only. The needle is sterile only the first time. The risk of infections increases with each injection with the same needle. In addition, the needle can clog or break with repeated use. The silicone layer also wears out, making stinging more painful.
Have your blood glucose meter checked every year
This way you can be sure that the device is measuring accurately.