Living with Diabetes requires extra attention to the things you eat and the activities you perform. While you are perfectly capable of living a productive and fulfilling life with diabetes, you do need to make sure that you are taking care of yourself. This means keeping your overall health in the forefront of your mind and staying one step ahead of your diabetes.
Eat a Healthy Diet
The best way to keep your diabetes under control is by having a healthy diet. Make sure you are eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s best to pick non-starchy vegetables like spinach, carrots, broccoli or green beans. The ADA has a list of diabetic super foods that are great to add to your diet. Avoid large amounts of starches an sugar. This doesn’t mean you can never have sweets or bread, but you should limit their quantities in your diet.
By increasing your activity level you can help your body to better manage it’s blood glucose levels. According to the ADA, exercise helps to make your body more sensitive to the insulin in produces and it helps to naturally lower your blood glucose levels. Losing weight can also significantly decrease the level of your blood glucose.
Check Your Blood Glucose
Your doctor should provide you with a blood glucose meter. You should check your glucose levels as often as they recommend and write it down in a log. You should take this log with you to any appointment. Your blood glucose range will depend on many factors. After you have kept a log for a while you will be able to see trends in how your diet and activity affect your levels. It is a good idea to make sure your friends and family are aware of your normal levels, in case of emergency. You can also wear a medical alert bracelet that alerts healthcare professionals to your medical conditions.
Take Care of Your Feet.
If you have diabetes for a number of years it will likely begin to cause neurological damage. This may decrease the sensitivity in extremities like your feet and toes. You should make sure that you are taking good care of your fee by checking them daily for cuts and scrapes, washing them, and wearing diabetic footwear, if appropriate.
If you follow these tips and listen to your healthcare provider, you will find that living with diabetes is quite manageable. If you are interested in learning more, check out the American Diabetes Association for more tips on dealing with diabetes.