What Everyone Should Know About Living With Diabetes
While some of the best and brightest minds on the planet are working hard, looking for a cure for diabetes, you also have to put in the work in managing your day to day life to ensure that your disease is under control. If you need any help with your diabetes, here are some good tips you can use.
Your insurance may cover a trip to the nutritionist once you’re diagnosed with diabetes, so take advantage of it! Bring a list of your favorite foods with you and ask if there is any way for you to make them healthy AND tasty, meaning you can have a treat without any of the guilt.
Use glucose tablets or a couple of SweetTarts to treat your lows. As tempting as it may be to go to the fridge and eat everything that may help to recover from a low, you are sure to gain a few unwanted pounds and still have to wait a while for the food to bring your levels back up.
Make wise decisions in your choices for treating to low glucose levels. If your levels are less than 70 milligrams per deciliter, the ADA advises you to consume a food or drink with about 15 grams of sugars. Opt for something that can easily and quickly be absorbed by your body, such as hard candy or jellybeans.
Keep track of all the medicines you are taking for your Diabetes and any other condition you have in case you ever need to know. You should carry with you information on their names, dosages, and how often you are taking them in case something happens to you when you’re out, or a doctor you’re visiting requests that information.
Checking your blood glucose levels may seen like an intrusion into your daily routine, but it is a practice that can essentially save your life. Find ways to make routine checks more convenient, such as keeping multiple monitors at home and even in your desk at work. Remember, however, that your strips and monitor are sensitive to light and temperature, so they should not be kept in your vehicle.
Eat a well-balanced diet. Since there is no official diabetes diet, it’s important that you handle your condition by eating a healthy diet that is high in fruits, vegetables and lean meats and low in fat, sugar and simple carbohydrates. If you eat everything in moderation and are controlling your diabetes through medication, you should have fairly stable blood glucose levels.
It is possible to lower your blood sugar with exercise, so give it a try and see what it does for you. Make sure to test yourself immediately after you exercise to make sure your blood sugar has gone down to a level that is tolerable, otherwise you’ll have to take your insulin.
There isn’t a solid cure for diabetes yet, but there are multiple ways you can thrive, while living with the disease. You have just read about many ways in which you can easily change your lifestyle with diabetes and stay as healthy as possible. Make sure you’re using this information wisely.