Healthy living plays a crucial role in managing both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Adjusting your diet and regularly exercising can help people living with diabetes achieve greater stability with their blood glucose levels, reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease, support the management of a good body weight and maintain a good quality of life. 

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Food matters in diabetes.
Three reasons why

  • What, when and how many carbohydrates you eat directly affects your blood glucose levels. This in turn impacts your long-term health, such as your risk of developing heart disease.
  • Eating well and having sensible portions can help you watch your weight. Keeping to a healthy weight can reduce your risks of developing serious problems with your heart, eyes and feet.
  • Food is your body’s fuel. Eating regular balanced meals means you are more likely to have a range of important nutrients as well as steady energy levels throughout the day.

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Information Leaflets

Use this leaflet as your dietary guide. It highlights three key messages to improve your diet and food choices: choose healthier carbohydrates, eat less sugar and cut down on ultra-processed foods.

This guide cannot give you a strict eating plan, as we are all different with unique medical
needs, cultural and food preferences.

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The benefits of exercise

Unlike medication, exercise is low cost and side-effect free. Those  with diabetes who don’t exercise are three times more likely to have  poor diabetes control and more likely to suffer related complications. Exercising regularly improves sensitivity to a range of metabolic hormones and the body becomes better at transporting glucose. This happens because exercise stimulates the body’s muscles.

Exercise also reduces the level of fat in the body, particularly around the tummy area. It is thought that it is this mobilisation of the  body’s fat stores, by exercising, that might improve blood glucose control. Less glucose in the blood, because it’s now stored in the body’s muscle, means the blood flows better and some of the blood vessel complications, associated with diabetes, may be avoided.

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Diabetes Wellness Events

Sharing experiences with like-minded people is a great way to feel supported in your efforts to attain a healthy balanced lifestyle and manage your diabetes effectively.

Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, newly diagnosed or ‘old hat’, parent or carer, attending a Diabetes Wellness Event is a great way to meet new friends, share stories of living with diabetes, learn about all aspects of the condition and related health from a host of clinicians and healthcare professionals, in a relaxed and friendly environment.

With 15 years experience of bringing people together through the Diabetes Wellness Event programme, we know that it provides a fabulous support network and something for everyone.

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Each year we run events for people living with diabetes, ranging from educational workshops and wellness events, to fundraising marathons and group skydives. To find out more about our events and how we support people living with diabetes, please visit our Events Page.


Since 1998 we have provided over £12 million of funding for medical research programmes, with the aim of finding a cure for all types of diabetes. In 2004, we made a significant commitment to Islet Cell Research and Transplant, a programme which focuses on the role of islet cells in diabetes. Read more about our commitment to research by visiting our Research Page.


We rely on our amazing donors who raise the funds that help support people living with diabetes across the UK, as well as funding our vital research programmes. There are lots of ways to raise money to support people living with all forms of diabetes, there’s something for everyone! To discover more about fundraising with us, please visit our Fundraising Page