You can do many things to stay well when living with diabetes, and the diagnosis of diabetes doesn’t have to be devastating. However, it does mean you will have to make some changes to your current lifestyle. But you will still be able to live a full and healthy life with diabetes.
Living with diabetes takes some getting used to, as there will be some new routines, the extra supplies, and medications that you must always carry, and the doctors’ appointments and instructions you must always adhere to.
What is Diabetes and Can it Be Cured?
Diabetes develops when the amount of sugar in one’s blood becomes too high, mainly because your body doesn’t make enough insulin (type 1 diabetes), or your body doesn’t respond to insulin (type 2 diabetes), or both.
The extra sugar in your blood can damage parts of your body, like the eyes or kidneys. People with type 1 diabetes usually develop diabetes in childhood or as teenagers, while older people are most likely to develop type 2 diabetes because of the body’s ability to manage sugar declines with age. Being obese or overweight can also cause diabetes.
Unfortunately, diabetes cannot be cured but it can be managed, and if you have diabetes, you should work closely with your health care providers to keep your blood pressure, cholesterol, and sugar levels under control.
The Glucose Meter is one of the most important pieces of diabetes management that you must ensure to have on you always. This will help you to know what your blood sugar is. While you probably can guess your number, we won’t always be right, making it important to always make sure you have your meter on you at all times.
By keeping it in the same secured place each and every time when you are at home, you won’t get confused and should know exactly where it is.
Diabetes is a challenging disease, and no matter if you have the same exact blood sugar, eat the same exact number of carbohydrate and participate in the same amount of activity, you will still have a different blood sugar number at the end of the day.
It’s important to not let the lack of perfection get you down, because you will never experience perfection when it comes to diabetes, instead, you should know that there are going to be days when you are high for no apparent reason, days when you can’t seem to get your numbers to stay up, and every once in a while, days when everything is going right.
Tips for Living with Diabetes
Make a plan with your healthcare providers to develop a diabetes treatment plan which should meet your needs and your wishes.
Make the most of free Medicare services that can cover a visit with a diabetes educator once a year. Ask your health care provider to assist you with a referral.
Planning ahead is the key to a successful journey, and a little planning when traveling with diabetes will take you a long way and help keep you healthy once you are there.
Eat smaller portions, since eating more small meals over the course of the day can help keep your blood sugar levels steadier than eating three large meals.
Choose whole grain bread, cereals, and pasta, being that whole grains have more fiber and take longer to digest than white flour and other refined starches. Whole grains, such as whole wheat flour, brown rice, oats, and barley, can help keep your blood sugar levels more regular.
Eat a wide variety of low-calorie produce, and choose bright or deep-colored fruits and vegetables such as spinach, green or red lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, squash, or sweet potatoes, which are better choices than white potatoes.
Avoid sugary drinks and foods with much sugar. Drink water or unsweetened tea instead of soft drinks or other beverages high in either natural or added sugar.
Enjoy fresh fruits for dessert, and avoid processed foods, which often contain corn syrup, and are high in fat and salt.
Take Care Of Your Eyes
You do not want to neglect your eyes when you have diabetes, and getting your eyes dilated for your yearly exam should be a must. The eye doctor or expert can help to check for any eye damage you may be experiencing, as diabetes can have a huge impact on your eyes, especially if your blood sugar runs high frequently.
This is why it is important to make sure you keep your yearly eye exam and ensure your eyes stay in good shape.
Keep A Memoir Or Diary
As a diabetic, keeping up with things can be overwhelming. It’s important to keep track of your doctor’s appointments and dates to fill up your prescriptions and supplies.
Doing so naturally may seem too difficult, but with an organized list or calendar of when it’s time to fill prescriptions and when your next appointment is, you can make sure you stay on track at all times.
By keeping a diary or setting notifications on your phone, you can add an extra layer of reminders to ensure you never miss another important appointment in your endeavor to manage your diabetes.
Stress can be one of the worst things ever for people with diabetes, because, it can raise your blood sugar levels.
It’s vital that you learn how to manage your stress so that you can control your stress before it gets to be too much.
Learn how to manage stress by practicing breathing techniques or yoga or you can even create your own happy place that allows you to think about the things and people that make you happy. This can help to lessen the amount of stress you are under.
Get Your Sleep
Sleep is one thing that many people take for granted, but when you are deprived of sleep you end up having more cravings. More cravings will cause you to eat more and may contribute to higher blood sugar numbers if you are not cautious.
It’s important to make sure you are getting enough sleep each night. You don’t want to deny yourself the sleep your body needs to be successful in your diabetes management and care.
Get More Physical (Exercise)
Even small increases in physical activity can help you control your blood sugar and blood pressure levels. Exercise can help preserve your ability to live independently.
Talk to an expert about how to get started if you haven’t been exercising for a while, and if you get a green light on that, start with at least 20 minutes of exercise at least three times a week, and build on that.
Exercise will also help you to slim down if you are overweight. Losing even 5 to 10 pounds can help make your diabetes easier to treat, and you can achieve this by both eating well and exercising regularly.
Different tests are important at different times for basic diabetes care, and depending on your age and health, the timing and types of tests taken can vary.
These days, managing diabetes on the job is much easier and more effective; thanks to new insulin patch that offers greater flexibility and control over the sickness.
Diabetes may affect driving performance due to chronic complications, which may impair sensory or motor function, and as such, you should stay safe and take an active role in assessing your ability to drive.