Years ago, diabetes seemed like a very mysterious and sometimes terrifying disease. It almost seemed like a death sentence. You couldn’t eat any sugar and you would be tied to insulin injections for the rest of your life. However, as we have learned more about the disease there are many steps you can follow to make life with this disease much more livable. Check these hints out:
Stress can wreak havoc on a Diabetic’s mental health, but it will also cause problems physically as well. Try to do stress-relieving activities like exercise, yoga, or deep breathing exercises at the end of the day or during any situation that is particularly stressful to keep yourself calm, cool, and collected.
Going for a walk, jog, or run with your dog, is an excellent way to exercise and help keep your diabetes under control. It will also help your dog stay at a healthy weight, which can save you both heartache and money on vet bills. You’ll motivate each other to keep going!
Find a diabetic friend to support you through your journey with diabetes. You’ll be able to swap ideas, share recipes and just have a shoulder to cry on when things get stressful. You can even give them a call when you’re having a craving and they’ll talk you through it! Friends can keep you sane and that’s especially true, if they’re going through the same hardship that you are.
Establish a routine to keep yourself on track. One idea is to establish a designated area for your glucose meter and testing supplies. Consistent testing should be a routine part of your day in order to avoid forgetfulness in recording your insulin levels.
Get familiar with the glycemic index rating of foods to help gain better control of your diabetes. It is important to learn to recognize high glycemic foods like breads, fruit juices, cereals, pasta and rice. Eating more vegetables, lean proteins and other low glycemic index foods keeps your blood sugar from spiking after meals.
If you have diabetes, it is important that you take care of your feet. Simple cuts can turn into infections for diabetics, which in turn can cause serious health problems, such as gangrene and even amputation. Check your feet daily and if you notice any cuts or other irregularities, see your doctor.
Eating out at restaurants or getting take out is not only bad for a Diabetic’s health, but also their checkbook. Save money and your blood glucose level by eating at home instead. You can find many copycat recipes online for all your favorite foods, and even healthier versions which are better for you.
As you can see, diabetes is not as bad as it may seem. Check out all the different options available to you; discuss them with your doctor. Follow the tips that apply in your case. Soon you may see some relief from the affects of this disease. You can start living life with much of the zeal and vigor you have had in the past.