Managing diabetes requires awareness. Maintaining your blood sugar levels within the range recommended by your doctor can be a challenging task. Listed below are some simple tips that can help you manage your diabetes.
Take your Medications Regularly
Taking your medication regularly as prescribed by your doctor is important to help keep your diabetes in control. Diabetes when left untreated increases the risk of complications such as heart disease and nerve damage. The symptoms of diabetes may not be very prominent. This can make it difficult for you to notice immediate repercussions if you forget to take the prescribed medication. A great way to remind yourself about taking your medicines on time is to set a daily alarm and keep it in a place where you see it every day. Using some smart phone apps that help remind you of taking your medicines can also be helpful.
Keep a check on your Blood Glucose Levels
The blood glucose levels can increase or decrease due to numerous factors including exercise, illness, food, stress or medication. For diabetes management, it is important that you monitor your blood sugar levels and see whether the levels or higher or lower than their target range. Take the advice of your physician about how often you need to check and the precautions that are required to be taken if your readings are abnormal.
To control sugar levels and maintain an ideal weight, it is important that you keep a check on your eating habits. The type of food you eat or the combination of food types you include in your diet and the amount of food you eat can play a crucial role in affecting your blood sugar levels. A diabetic diet need not be complicated. A nutritional requirement of a diabetic is usually the same as a normal person. However, to keep your diabetes under check, it is essential that you learn how to identify hidden sugars and choose the right kinds of food, especially the carbohydrates you eat.
To help you understand your eating patterns, make a record of what you are eating, the time you eat, the amount of food you have consumed. Although, this may seem a little complicated in the beginning, keeping a record will help you identify situations in which you have made unhealthy food choices and allow you to make the necessary adjustments.
Apart from allowing you maintain your weight; exercise plays a crucial role in diabetes management. Doing exercises regularly not only helps you shed those extra pounds and reduce body fat but also improves your body’s response to insulin and improve blood-sugar control. To exercise regularly, you do not have to necessarily enroll in a gym. Finding a physical activity (walking, jogging or running) that you enjoy and doing it consistently for about 30 minutes for about five days a week can do wonders in helping you manage your diabetes.
Smoking not only increases the risk of developing diabetes but can also worsen the problems and complications associated with diabetes. Additionally, smoking can cause inflammation, constrict blood vessels and raise blood glucose levels. Diabetic patients who are smokers are at a higher risk of kidney disease, blood vessel damage, and nerve damage and foot and leg infection. It is therefore highly recommended that you quit smoking to manage your diabetes.
To manage diabetes and stay healthy, it is important that you have a good supportive team. Ideally, your medical team should include your physician; dietitian, podiatrist, endocrinologist, ophthalmologist and a dentist who can help you manage your condition. Additionally, sharing your challenges and struggles with friends and family or joining a support group where you can connect with people similar challenges can be highly beneficial in helping you maintain a positive outlook on managing diabetes.