Handling diabetes: It’s manageable

Almost 250,000 people in Ireland must live with one form of diabetes or the other.

An alarming one in three families is affected by the illness but, in the absence of a register of those enduring the illness, no one can be certain how accurate that figure might be. Diabetes is fast becoming a serious universal threat to human health; the threat is particularly sharp in Ireland.

It naturally provokes stress in the individual affected and among that person’s immediate circle as managing diabetes can be hard — but it is manageable, or at least far more manageable than it was a generation or two ago.

Lifestyle choices, especially around food and physical activity, play a significant role in how the illness changes a person’s life and character.

The good news is that there are things you can do to cope with diabetes and manage stress. Today we publish a supplement and hope it will contribute to that process as diabetes is an illness that can be minimised with careful attention. Good, positive outcomes are achievable after a diagnosis.

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