How can I stop complications developing?
Talking or thinking about long-term complications can be difficult and upsetting. You might also find it hard to make lifestyle changes that will decrease the risk of potential health problems, especially if they don’t show up until decades later
To lower your risk of complications, you need to manage your type 1 diabetes well, by:
- Aim to keep your blood glucose levels between 4–7mmol/L as much of the time as possible
- Don’t smoke
- Drink alcohol in moderation
- Be physically active – at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet
- Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol levels down
- Have regular check ups of your feet, eyes, teeth and gums
Leading researchers in the UK and around the world are working to develop treatments to prevent the damage that complications cause.