A healthy diet and keeping active will help you manage your blood sugar level.
It'll also help you control your weight and generally feel better.
There's nothing you cannot eat if you have type 2 diabetes, but you'll have to limit certain foods.
If you need to change your diet, it might be easier to make small changes every week.
Information about food can be found on these diabetes sites:
You should go for a regular diabetes check-up once a year to make sure your blood pressure and cholesterol (blood fats) are OK.
If you find it hard to change your diet, a dietitian might be able to help.
Talk to your GP or diabetes nurse to see if the cost could be covered through the NHS.
Physical exercise helps lower your blood sugar level. You should aim for 2.5 hours of activity a week.
You can be active anywhere as long as what you're doing gets you out of breath.
This could be:
The charity Diabetes UK has tips on how to get active.
Losing weight (if you're overweight) will make it easier for your body to lower your blood sugar level, and can improve your blood pressure and cholesterol.
To know whether you're overweight, work out your body mass index (BMI).
If you need to lose weight, try to do it slowly over time. Aim for around 0.5 to 1kg a week.
The charity Diabetes UK has more information on healthy weight and weight loss.
Page last reviewed: Sat Aug 2020 Next review due: Wed Feb 2020