Diabetes is a disease that is linked with obesity and currently proliferating in our society. We need to learn more about it, in order to stave off this epidemic that is causing so much suffering, disability and financial loss. Here are tips to help you understand diabetes and how to avoid it or deal with it if you have it.
Birthday parties can be a nightmare for the parents of a diabetic child, but they don’t have to be as long as you communicate with the hosts of the party. Let them know as far in the future as possible about your child’s illness, and offer to send food with them so they don’t have to come up with alternatives themselves. Send enough for everyone at the party and they won’t feel like they’re different!
Focus on leg circulation to combat diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy. Keep your feet moving as much as possible to increase the blood circulating down through your toes. One exercise that is great for a desk job is to lift your foot up and then wiggle your toes, turning your feet in circles at the ankle.
If you’re Diabetic, you must quit smoking. End of story, period, that’s that. You cannot have any bad habits while your body is already having these types of problems or else any treatment you’re receiving will be sabotaged. It’s time to make a choice – do you want to live a long, healthy life, or smoke?
Unlike breastfeeding, no one cares if you shoot up your insulin at the table. Really! Don’t hide away in a bathroom or closet, come clean with your diagnosis and have your family and friends share in your recovery. The more they know, the more they can support you when you need them.
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.
Pay attention to the feeling in your feet and hands by testing them once in a while. Go barefoot on the floor and see if you can feel the grout between the tiles. When you’re in the shower, drop something and step on it so you can see how well you feel it. Do the same when holding a pencil or pen. If you feel any loss of sensation, go to your doctor and let them know!
When traveling it is especially important to keep food with you. You may be strolling through a museum or shopping in an unknown area, and you could find that there is nothing healthy or appealing to eat. If you have your own snack it will at least tide you over until you can find something palatable.
Now you have learned more about this disabling disease. These tips on diabetes, on warding it off or treating it, are very practical ones. We hope they will help you cope effectively with diabetes if you or a loved one has it, or help you avoid developing diabetes in the future.