Diabetes is one of the most common conditions of today. It can range from a polite nuisance to a debilitating condition that leads to death. While the varieties of diabetes vary, the seriousness of the condition is uniform. Many people live long and productive lives with diabetes; education, diet and proper treatment can make diabetes a manageable condition.
One key to beating type II diabetes is to lose weight. It’s actually all the fat on your body that is causing you to be diabetic, so getting rid of it can literally cure you if you are type II. Even a loss of as little as 20 pounds can have a profound impact on your health.
Diabetic feet are more prone to infection than the average person’s, so check them when you shower for any cuts or bruising. One of the first symptoms of Diabetes that I had was a red speckling on the top of my feet which indicated blood pressure problems, but I didn’t notice as I always wore socks and didn’t have my glasses on in the bathroom. If you already have Diabetes, keep a watchful eye on those tootsies.
Test your sugar regularly, and track the results. Keeping a log book of your sugar levels will help you and your doctor decide if your medication and diet plan are working to control your sugar. You can save money by sharing a glucometer with a family member or friend, so long as you do not share lancets.
Make your life easier and more organized by doing everything the same way every time. For instance, when you go to bed at night, leave your insulin and measuring meter in the same part of the room so that you know where they are when you get up. When you are testing, do it at the same time each day, and keep a list nearby of the steps that must be completed so that you don’t skip any.
Enroll in a diabetes class or schedule meetings with a diabetes educator. Your physician is a good source of health information, too, but an educator is specifically trained to bring medical jargon down to your level. An educator or class can take a lot of the mystery out of your diabetes treatment plan, which is important in order for you to be active in your health care.
Increasing your intake of magnesium is not only good for your heart, it can help your diabetes too! You can find lots of magnesium in fish, leafy greens, and nuts, so include those items in your diet as often as possible. Almonds are an excellent choice to grab as a snack any time.
It is important that you do not feel that diabetes is a situation that cannot be overcome. While you may not rid yourself of the condition, diabetes can be managed and controlled so that your overall quality of life is what you deserve. You hold the key to your health, so be you best advocate.