If you have diabetes, you know this disease affects every aspect of your life. You can reduce the impact this disease has on your life, as well as the severity of your symptoms, when you possess the knowledge to effectively manage it. Use these tips to better manage your diabetes with a few simple changes.
If you have Diabetes then alcohol is not your friend. Alcoholic drinks are full of sugar and that will not help your blood sugar levels. A glass of wine has more sugar than hard liquor and beer will has less sugar than wine but more than liquor.
If you live with diabetes, be extra careful if you have a pedicure. Diabetics are sensitive to infection. So, you should be careful if there’s a cut or puncture there.
An easy way to reduce your risk of contracting diabetes is to get up and get active. People who take an hour long brisk walk daily will reduce their risk of contracting diabetes by over 35%. Even when you cannot walk for an hour a day, do what you can to get moving like take the stairs instead of the elevator, park at the furthest parking spot at the grocery store, or take two or three trips in carrying in the groceries.
Using a log book to record your daily glucose test results can be very helpful in controlling your diabetes. It is important to notice trends in your blood sugar readings, so having a written record can help you look back and see patterns. Taking a written record to your appointments can also help your doctor to make treatment adjustments.
If you have a family member or loved one suffering with diabetes, it’s vitally important that you offer your help and support to ease their struggle. Sometimes little things such as joining along for doctor appointments, educating yourself with books and website information or just offering a listening ear can all help your loved one feel less alone.
If you start to have vision problems, you need to talk to your doctor. Glaucoma, cataracts, and other eye conditions, such as retinopathy, can be caused by diabetes. This can eventually lead to blindness if you do not take care of these issues.
If you have Gestational Diabetes then the concept of “eating for two” needs to be forgotten. You’ll need to reduce your food intake to small amounts every few hours to keep your blood glucose levels in check over the long term of a day. Don’t forget to have a snack before bed to control overnight blood sugar!
One popular myth on diabetes forums and elsewhere is that you can’t eat any sugar at all if you are diabetic. Do not get rid of sugar entirely, simply stay away from foods too rich in sugar such as sweets. You will still be able to indulge in small servings of your favorite sweets on special occasions. Because food high in sugar can add carbohydrates to your system, make sure you adjust what you are eating accordingly to compensate for this increase in carbohydrates.
See? These tips are easy to understand and easy to implement into your life. By doing so, you are sure to enjoy a life where diabetes does not have as much of a detrimental impact, and one where your symptoms are fewer and less severe. Overall, these tips improve your quality of life as a diabetic.