Diabetes is a rapidly growing disease in this modern world. More people receive a diabetes diagnosis every moment. Whether you already have this disease, or are trying to prevent it, this article will give you the tips you need to make sure that you manage or prevent diabetes as well as you can.
If your child has diabetes, do not make things more stressful than they need to be. You can cope! Diabetes treatments have advanced to the point where it no longer shortens a person’s life span. Keep in mind that diabetics are living into their 80’s, and the oldest diabetic is 90! Your child need not be the exception!
If you have Diabetes, then your children are more susceptible to the disease themselves. Make sure that any diet changes you make are reflected by the eating habits of your children, and that you include them in the exercise you do. It’s more fun to make the changes in your life if everyone has some input.
Feel free to ask your doctor any question about Diabetes you might have, from how it affects your bowel movements to if it can cause sexual dysfunction (yes, it can!) No question should be too embarrassing or uneducated for you to feel comfortable finding the answer to as your doctor is there to help!
Managing your everyday life in an orderly and consistent manner can make it flow with more ease. As an example, keep your blood sugar meter and your insulin near each other and use them at the same time each day if needed. Make testing a routine and do it at the same time and in the same way so you never miss a step.
Keep track of your Diabetic supplies and make sure you always have a backup. Obviously, keeping a huge stock of insulin isn’t feasible as it has an expiry date, but lancets and test strips don’t! Keep enough insulin on hand so that you know you’ll use it in time, but you also will never be left without it.
Many foods contain corn syrup, so make sure to read food labels. The label in Canada is “glucose/fructose”.
Find a free clinic in your area to have your Diabetes monitored if you can’t afford to visit your doctor every three months. You can call your local Diabetes association, ask at a local hospital, or inquire through your Health Department, to find out where the closest clinic is to you.
Find out what your blood glucose target levels should be and ensure that you’re meeting them. Diabetes control means knowing what you’re up against, so keep a journal with your goal numbers listed so you can easily see how well you’re doing every day. Once you have your blood glucose under control you’ll feel immensely healthier!
Being faced with the diagnosis of diabetes is not an end to life as you know it. If you use the advice from this article, you can begin controlling diabetes, like so many others already have.