It can be difficult dealing with a disease like diabetes, but there’s no reason to lose hope. You can go on living a happy, fulfilling life even if you have this condition. Even while you’re watching what you eat and checking your blood sugar, there are things you can do to make things easier on yourself. Here are some tips for making life with diabetes more pleasant.
If you’re looking for a salty snack but your diabetes is holding you back, look no further than a jar of olives! They’re a fruit, tasty, healthy, and fun to eat. You can cut them up and put them in salads, or even on a sandwich! I love to make a homemade submarine sandwich and sprinkle some on top. YUM!
When looking for a substitute for something sweet, make it yourself! For example, if you don’t want to eat sugary store bought relish since it will spike your blood sugar and set your diabetes off, then make your own by chopping up dill pickles. Need a replacement for ketchup? Try mixing pureed tomatoes and honey.
Be careful with the medicines you choose when you have a cold, many are laden with sugar which can affect your blood sugar levels. Make sure you take this into account if you’re keeping track of what you eat to maintain even blood sugar levels, or if your blood sugar mysteriously spikes.
If you feel you’re not getting adequate care from your doctor, find a new one! Feeling less than comfortable with a health care professional can lead you to question their diagnosis or treatment, meaning you can’t trust them. Find a new doctor that you have full faith in to ensure a healthy doctor-patient relationship.
If you live close to the Canadian border and drive, consider going to Canada to pick up your Diabetes prescriptions. The Canadian government regulates the sale of prescriptions so that they can’t have huge fees added to their cost. Often you can get the exact same medications for a huge discount, and they’re safe to take as they’re under the same or even stricter health regulations.
Depression can have a devastating effect on diabetes patients and should be dealt with. If you notice your loved one is acting or feeling sad or depressed, encourage him or her to see a doctor for treatment. Also suggest a support group for diabetics to find the help and emotional support of others in the same position.
If you find that you are frequently unable to keep your blood glucose levels under control, consider asking your primary care physician about whether an insulin pump may be a good choice for you. You may find that a pump can help you reach your targets, but it requires diligence and willingness to monitor insulin frequently.
These ideas will help you build a better, more satisfying life, despite the challenges presented by living with diabetes. This disease is completely treatable, and you can do more than just cope with it. You can deal with diabetes and all its effects and still go live life to the full.