Diabetes is one of the most serious diseases plaguing society today. It is a disease where it is associated with serious complications, and it is also a lifestyle disease. Living with diabetes is hard. However, you will see that there are ways on how you can effectively manage diabetes in order for you to live a life that is as normal as possible.
First of all, you need to remember that the key to managing diabetes is by knowing how to regulate or efficiently manage the body’s blood glucose levels. By maintaining the blood glucose levels in acceptable levels, you will be able to prevent or at least minimize the complications brought upon by diabetes.
The key to regulating blood sugar levels is through proper diet and exercise. You also need to religiously follow doctor’s orders when it comes to taking your medications. It’s not easy at first but in time, you will get used to the idea of carefully planning your meals, exercising, and taking your medications exactly as how the doctor instructed.
If you are finding it hard to plan your meals, consult a dietician who is experienced working with diabetics. This way, you will be able to have an idea on how to prepare your meals. After a few weeks, you will be able to plan and make your own meals with ease.
The general rule for diabetic diet is that you should have low fat, low salt, low sugar, and low carbohydrate diet. It should be rich in vegetables and whole grains. This is not only recommended for diabetics, but it is also considered as a healthy diet for everyone.
When it comes to exercise, go for cardiovascular exercise. This will strengthen your heart and significantly reduce the risk of heart related diseases. And, it will also help the body control the blood sugar level more efficiently. Just keep in mind that your exercises should be low impact exercises. This means that the exercise you choose shouldn’t be too hard on your feet. Swimming, cycling and walking are examples of low impact exercises. You can also purchase an elliptical trainer as this too will be able to give you a great workout with less stress on your feet and knees. This is very important especially if you are suffering from sensory neuropathy where you may not feel blisters developing on your feet which can cause feel ulcers, infection and eventually amputation.
In addition to that, you have to wear special shoes designed for diabetics. These shoes have soft soles which helps prevent injuries on the feet and also reduce the stress.
For following your medications, you should always have the instructions written down and placed somewhere where you will be able to read it, such as on your fridge. This will help remind you when to take your medicine and lessen the risk of forgetting to take your medications, which can result in your blood sugar levels spiking or dropping.
Lastly, you have to remember that stress can make your blood sugar levels spike up. So, you can manage diabetes by managing stress. Take stress management classes and therapy. Here, you will be able to learn how to reduce stress, which will contribute to regulating your blood sugar levels
These are the keys to managing your glucose levels effectively. As a diabetic, you will still be able to live a normal life. The key here is to properly manage the disease through managing the blood sugar levels in your body.