Living with Diabetes

Diabetes and Your Life

Diabetes and Driving

For the most part you should be ok driving if you have Diabetes. However, in some situations you may need to refrain from driving. If you've got Diabetes, you need to be aware of the risks involved otherwise you will be a danger to yourself and others on the road. Read more

Diabetes and Sick Days

No one likes to get sick. But if you've got Diabetes, you need to take extra care of yourself when you do. When you are sick, your body reacts by releasing hormones and other substances to fight the infection. These hormones can raise blood sugar levels and at the same time make it more difficult for insulin to bring your blood sugar levels back to normal. When you have Diabetes, even a minor illness can lead to dangerously high blood sugar level. This may cause life-threatening complications, such as diabetic ketoacidosis. Read more

Diabetes and Smoking

Smoking is a habit in which people have adapted for decades. The best known adverse effect of smoking is that it can cause various types of cancer. However, smoking will greatly increase your chances of developing the complications of Diabetes. Moreover, people with Diabetes who smoke are three times as likely to die of cardiovascular disease as are other people with Diabetes who do not smoke. Read more

Diabetes and Stress

Stress results when a situation causes the body to adapt or react as if it were under attack. This is known as the fight-or-flight response. Stress may be caused by physical factors such as illness or injury, or psychological factors including unresolved relationships, financial or health problems, unresolved work issues, or exams. When the body is under stress, the levels of various hormones are raised. This stimulates the body to release stored sugar into the bloodstream, providing the cells with more energy for the fight-or-flight response. Read more

Diabetes and Travelling

People with Diabetes can enjoy travelling just as much as anyone else. You can usually do all the things that you want to do when travelling with a little extra planning. How you prepare depends on where you're going and for how long. If you are travelling from Kuwait, two weeks of vacation spent in a resort in Egypt for example is different than a couple days spent in Dubai. Read more

Diabetes and Your Work

In order for Diabetes not to affect your work, you need to have good control of your Diabetes and be able to adjust your treatment around your working day if necessary. If you manage your Diabetes by diet alone, or diet and tablets, most types of employment are possible providing you do not display complications of Diabetes. Maintaining excellent blood sugar level control is the most important factor in avoiding Diabetes-related complications. Read more