What you can do to help yourself

Firstly keep an eye on your weight and blood pressure. If you're overweight, try to loose weight but use a realistic diet regime which you can stick to. Try to avoid 'popular trendy diets' as these often work for a few weeks but are difficult to sustain and lead to weight gain in the long term.

Try and exercise regularly to keep your heart and arteries healthy and if you smoke try and quit as soon as possible.

Ask your GP about your cholesterol level and try and keep it within normal limits.

Eat a healthy balanced diet with plenty of fibre, carbohydrates and not too much fatty foods.

Measure your blood glucose level and try and do it on a regular basis. There are plenty of meters and strips available which are easy to use and relatively inexpensive and we have some great one on this web site. We would like to suggest that you test your blood at different times of the day so that you can keep an eye on your disease - especially for signs of high as it is the high levels which cause the long term complications.

Make sure you see your GP regularly especially if you feel unwell and also have your eyes and feet checked on a regular basis.

Some people with type two diabetes monitor their blood glucose levels on a regular basis but whether the test strips are obtained on prescription or in some cases have to be purchased, it is important that the timing of the the tests is carefully observed not only because  blood glucose levels vary from hour to hour, but to make the most of using the valuable blood testing strips.

Our suggestion for home monitoring is as follows.

Select a day to carry out five blood tests, the first test should be before breakfast i.e a fasting level before eating of drinking anything, the remaining test should be carried out during the rest of the day but make a note of the time of eating and drinking so this can be related to your blood tests. Try not to test within an hour of eating a main meal.