The important thing to remember if you have diabetes is that this is a disease of which you can stay in complete control as long as you know how. Make sure you take the time to read the tips below to find out how you can work to control your diabetes. A few minutes of your day will go a long way.
The “glycemic index” number for a food indicates how likely the food is to impact blood sugar levels due to the ingredients. The lower a food’s glycemic number, or GI, the better it is for the diabetic diet.
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!
Check you cholesterol level as well as blood pressure! If you have Diabetes, blood sugar is not the only thing you need to keep and eye on. Diabetes can increase the likelihood of bad cholesterol being high in your blood, so you need to keep track of that – even if you’re not eating – fatty fried foods. Blood pressure can also be increased, leading to headaches, faintness, and even strokes.
Diabetics should work exercise into their daily routine, so think about what you’re doing right now and how you could be doing more. Maybe it’s putting a pile of books under your desk and stepping your feet up and down them. How about getting up and chasing the dog around the house for 10 minutes? Every bit helps!
Read labels on the foods you buy to determine which foods are likely to cause your sugar to spike. While it’s easy to see in unprocessed foods where the sugar or other ingredients are, it’s not so simple with processed or packaged food. Read the labels and avoid items that have been known to interact with your sugar.
eBay is a great place to pick up exercise equipment to help you keep your Diabetes under control. Many people will pick up all the stuff they need to lose weight after making a New Year’s resolution, only to give up by March. This is the best time to scour the site for huge discounts.
It is important that you know how to use your insulin pump. Many people do not get the proper amount of insulin because they are not using their pump correctly. If you do not know what you are doing, do not feel ashamed to ask your doctor or another health professional, for help.
Of course, while it only takes a few minutes to read these tips, it may take a long time to properly apply them so that you’re experiencing the best possible results. Do not let diabetes deter you. It may be an ongoing battle, but it is a battle you can win as long as you’re using information like what you have learned here.