Five Tips for Managing Your Diabetes
According to the American Diabetes Association, “Approximately 30 million children and adults have diabetes in the United States. Out of that number, nearly 95% have type 2 diabetes.” Because of these high statistics, it is important for individuals to get checked for diabetes and to take measures to keep diabetes under control. Here are some tips to manage living with diabetes.
1. Get the Facts and Visit Your Doctor
Know all the facts and do your research. The CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation provides a comprehensive infographic with current U.S. diabetes statistics. You can also ask people living with diabetes for recommendations. Joining a support group is a great way to get the inside scoop from other diabetics.
While it is great to get advice from outside sources, there is no substitute for visiting a doctor. Medical professionals can give you the most accurate advice that is tailored to your specific condition. What is the diagnosis from your doctor? Which type do you have? Understanding the intricacies of your diabetes type can help you better manage it.
2. Measure Your Blood Sugar
While living with diabetes, it is important to measure your blood glucose levels. At Hospital Overstock, we offer glucose monitors as well as the testing strips. Our products can be up to 50 percent off the cost of the original price. Be sure to follow your doctor’s orders about the frequency and measurement of your blood sugar tests.
3. Follow a Medicine Schedule
Health care professionals will often tell you when the most opportune times are to take your medicine. With that information in mind, it is best to follow a medicine schedule. In addition, many diabetics keep their medicine on hand and purchase a medical alert bracelet in case of an emergency.
When traveling, make sure to pack enough medicine for your entire stay. WebMD advises that you “keep medicines, syringes, and blood sugar testing supplies in your carry-on bag. Do not check these supplies in case your luggage is lost.” It is also a good idea to bring copies of your prescriptions with you.
4. Eat Recommended Foods
Knowing what foods to avoid and which are okay is crucial to maintaining your health with diabetes. It is generally recommended that diabetics stay away from the following foods:
- Those with added sugars and trans-fats: fruity drinks, purchased smoothies and sweets.
- Anything high-carb, high-sodium, high-fat or high in calories: burgers, nachos, cinnamon rolls and pizza.
- Fried entrees and fast food: fried chicken, battered fish and French fries.
Diabetic Living Online, an online magazine, is a great resource full of tips and healthy eating advice. This website even has a range of recipes for people living with diabetes. Try them and tell us your favorites!
5. Start an Exercise Program
Exercising is important for everyone’s health, but especially for those living with diabetes. It has been known to help stabilize blood sugars, lose weight and reduce the risk of heart disease. Three to four times a week sessions are often recommended. For optimal results, be sure to exercise for at least 20 to 40 minutes, vary your workouts and include some resistance training. As always, consult your doctor before starting an exercise regimen.
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