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Student life can often be unpredictable and can disrupt your sleep, diet and eating patterns, but getting enough sleep and eating well will mean you have a better chance of staying healthy. Maintaining a balanced diet and regular eating will help your blood glucose levels, stress levels, keep your immune system healthy and prevent long-term complications of diabetes. Try to get accommodation with convenient access to food. If you are moving to catered halls speak to them about the nutritional values of the food available.
Take the time to cook simple meals instead of eating out or buying ready meals. Consider a meal plan and buying a student cookbook. You can speak to your dietician to help with a management plan.
For tips on food shopping on a budget visit the Diabetes UK website.
At university, regular meal times are almost impossible and late-night snacks are usually not planned. If meal times are disrupted:
If you are on twice mix-insulin, you may want to change to a more flexible insulin regime at university; ask your diabetes team for advice.
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