Welcome to this website
which aims to provide you with more information about your condition and the medicine your doctor or nurse has prescribed. It is also very important that you read the Patient Information Leaflet for Invokana.
What is type 2 diabetes?
Insulin is a hormone your body produces. It helps to control blood sugar (glucose) levels by instructing the cells (for example in the muscles and liver) to absorb glucose from the blood and use it for energy. 1
Type 2 diabetes is a condition that develops when your body doesn’t respond properly to the insulin you produce, or your body makes less insulin. When this happens, glucose levels in the blood increase. This can lead to serious medical conditions such as heart disease, kidney disease, blindness and amputation. 2
Type 2 diabetes is a life-long condition but medicines and changes to your lifestyle can help to keep blood sugar under control and reduce the risk of complications. Type 1 diabetes is a different condition where your body doesn’t produce any insulin. 3
Self care 1,4
As you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, it is important to look after your physical and mental health and well-being. Staying fit and healthy and managing your blood glucose levels will make treating your diabetes easier and reduce your risk of developing complications in future.
Simple things can really make a difference:
A balanced diet can help you to maintain a healthy weight and to keep your blood sugar at the right level.
Helps you maintain a healthy weight and control your blood sugar levels.
To reduce your risk of heart disease.
Limit your alcohol
Alcohol can affect your blood sugar so avoid drinking more than the recommended daily amount.
Make sure you keep any check up appointments with your GP, practice nurse or diabetes nurse. Ask about your flu jab every winter.
Check your feet regularly
Diabetes can affect the blood supply and nerves in your feet and make it more difficult to notice problems at an early stage.
Click here for information on foot care 5.
Have regular eye tests
Too much sugar in your blood can cause damage to your eyes. Regular eye tests can help spot problems at an early stage so they can be treated.