Type 2 diabetes is a lifelong condition which happens when the level of sugar in the blood is too high.
If not controlled properly, it can lead to serious health problems with the heart, eyes, nerves and kidneys.
The condition can be controlled with medication, by eating healthily and by exercising regularly.
It can be easy to neglect these, however, during the busy Christmas period when weekly routines are skewed and festive treats are all-too tempting.
Dr Sarah Brewer, in association with CuraLin diabetes supplement, provides the following 10 dos and don’ts to prevent blood sugar spikes this Christmas.
DO check you have enough medication and blood glucose monitoring supplies to see you through the holiday period.
DO plan well in advance rather than leaving things last minute.
Christmas can be a stressful time and excess stress can cause glucose levels to rise.
DO talk to your doctor or diabetes nurse in advance so you know what to do if your readings are raised over Christmas.