7 Essentials to Managing Your Diabetes
Diabetes is a rampant disease that is affecting more people every day, but there is no need to panic when diagnosed with diabetes. Luckily, advances in modern technology make diabetes a manageable condition and by following a few simple guidelines you can keep your diabetes under control.
When you are first diagnosed with the disease, you will likely take the news hard. Let’s face it, it’s bad news and can be devastating at first. Fortunately, you can keep your diabetes under control and still live a long, healthy life.
Here are a few tips on how to successfully manage your diabetes:
- Learn more about your diabetes – Knowledge is power when it comes to managing this disease. By learning more, you also increase the chances that you will do what is necessary to control your diabetes.
- Plan and eat a healthy diet – A healthy diet is important for everyone these days. With easily accessible fast food all around us it’s no wonder more and more people are becoming overweight. Luckily, you can make healthy decisions and watch what you take into your body. A well-balanced diet is essential to controlling your diabetes.
- Keep a watch on your weight- maintaining a healthy body weight has many benefits and is a good indicator of your overall health. Keeping a good body weight is essential heart and vascular health. When you are overweight, your heart has to work overtime.
- Exercise Regularly – 20-30 minutes of exercise daily will impact your health greatly. Among a long list of benefits, exercise can improve insulin sensitivity, lower your risk of getting heart disease, and will help keep you weight at a normal level.
- Take the correct amount of insulin as prescribed by your doctor. If you are using an insulin pump, be sure to carb-count and bolus when needed. If you are taking insulin by injection, remember to take your shots regularly. This is key to a healthy life with diabetes!!
- Monitor your blood sugar level frequently. The American Diabetes Association recommends that you maintain a blood sugar level of about 80-125 mg/dL. This may vary depending on recommendations from your doctor. But in general, you should be testing your blood glucose levels about 4 times per day.
- Keep a diary or log of your blood glucose readings and review them regularly to see if there are any negative trends. Review this with your doctor to make any needed adjustments to your daily regimen.
Although this seems very overwhelming, you will notice that when your diabetes is under good control, you will feel more healthy overall and will have more energy. Maybe you’ll need to just start with one thing on the list, master that, and then move on to the next one. Believe me; as someone who has gone through many years of trial and error with this disease, you can live the healthy life you deserve.
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