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This section covers topics related to living with diabetes, including smoking, alcohol, employment, driving, sex and sleep.

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Eating well

This section delivers information for people with type 1. It covers information about a healthy balanced diet, carbohydrate awareness, specific food groups and their impact on health.

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Physical Activity

Maintaining recommended levels of activity and exercise can really help with the management of type 1 diabetes. Tips and guidance on safe exercise and activity are given here.

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Travelling with diabetes requires a bit more planning to make sure that you have all the equipment and medications that you need to stay well when away. There are lots of things to think about before you go, such as health checks, travelling with insulin, the impact that entering different time zones, climate, diet and activity will have on blood glucose control, and what to do if you’re ill.

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Do you know what the law is about driving if you have diabetes? Our resources below give you practical information such as the implications for your car insurance and informing the DVLA that you have type 1 diabetes, as well as potential risks such as having a hypo when you are at the wheel.

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Weight management

Whether you have diabetes or not, maintaining a healthy body weight will give additional health benefits. You’ll have more energy, feel better in yourself, and you’ll reduce your risk of serious complications like heart disease and stroke. If you are overweight, losing any extra weight could also mean injecting less insulin.