Strict glycaemic control reduces the likelihood of complications in patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes mellitus.1,2 However, achieving such control as part of normal daily life can be difficult and may be further complicated by changes to daily routine. Here we highlight key ways of achieving good control without unduly restricting the patient's day-to-day activities. We also discuss the impact exercise, travel, changes in working patterns, and fasting can have on diabetic control and consider what practical advice healthcare professionals can offer to individuals facing such lifestyle changes.
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