6 Essential Diabetes Management Tips You Should Know About
Diabetes can be a challenging condition to manage. It takes time and effort because you need to keep in mind so many variables—diet, medication, exercise, stress and so on. You have to do everything it takes to keep your blood glucose levels in the desired range, and this is a constant balancing act.
We’ve put together some general tips that will help you stay healthy and manage diabetes successfully.
1. Don’t panic.
Dealing with diabetes is stressful and your stress levels can increase along with your blood sugar. But keeping your stress levels under control is one of the most important factors when it comes to managing your condition. Stress will take a toll on your health, so it’s important to avoid both small and large stressors as much as you can.
2. Set medication reminders.
If you struggle to remember to check your glucose levels or take your medications on time, you should set alarms on your phone. There are many mobile apps that can help you track diet, remind you to take your meds and check your glucose levels. A pillbox can help you keep medications organized.
3. See your doctor regularly.
It’s important you keep your appointments with your doctor. Every checkup is an important opportunity for you to check in with your physician. Before your visit, jot down the questions you have for your doctor and anything else you want to discuss at your next appointment. It’s important to be completely honest with your doctor and let them know if you have any queries or problems.
4. Take care of your feet meticulously.
Diabetes can lead to nerve damage in the extremities, so it’s really important to take care of your feet. Aim to keep them clean and dry at all times. Wash your feet with warm water and dry with a soft towel. If you notice any problems bring them to your doctor’s attention. You should also see a podiatrist to discuss other foot care methods.
5. Eat well.
Diet is the most important factor for the management of diabetes, so create a diabetes meal plan with the help of your doctor and a dietician. You should eat healthy foods that are low in calories, saturated fat, sodium and refined sugar.
Fiber-rich foods such as whole grains, cereals, beans, lentils, fresh fruits and vegetables should make up the majority of your diet. Avoid refined sugar and grains, fried foods, full-fat dairy and fatty cuts of meat. If your diet is on track you won’t have to constantly worry about maintaining your glucose levels.
Download a calorie tracking mobile app to log every food item you eat. It’ll help you keep track of your macronutrients which will help you know if you’re consuming too much of something you shouldn’t or too little of something you should.
6. Get moving.
Type 2 diabetes may be linked to obesity, but that doesn’t mean you’re doomed to a sedentary life. Exercise is as important as diet if you want to keep your weight under control. If you’re not a fan of sweating it out in a gym, find other physical activities you enjoy like biking, yoga or swimming.
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