When you think about it, there is nothing pleasant with diabetes. Having to prick yourself to measure blood sugar, endless pills and injection, and unending appointments to the doctor. Life has its ups and downs but you should brush it off and turn a new leaf; hope for better.
Type 2 diabetes is a manageable disease. Everywhere around you, there are people who are willing to help stay on track. The best thing you can do as a start is to leave healthy. This means eating good food with little saturated fats and carbohydrates, daily exercise routines, checking your blood glucose, and taking medicine. Also, remember constant communication with your doctor will solve many problems that you have.
It’s not easy living with diabetes, lifelong disease. If you are among the millions of people living with type 2 diabetes, here are some changes you should make today:
Healthy food choices
The best way of managing blood sugar is through what you eat. Blood sugar is a product of our diets and according to the American Diabetes Association, it’s advisable to drop processed carbohydrates for wholesome vegetables, fruits, grains, lean meats (chicken and fish), and low-fat dairy products. Too much of something is poisonous – even health meals should be the right portion for weight and blood sugar control.
Instead of staring the day with very huge servings, why not space your meals evenly through the day. Smaller frequent meals preferably and in between the day, you can have a snack. Regular healthy meals can plateau blood sugar.
While there are very many combinations of exercises for diabetic patients, doctors stress the importance of aerobic exercises. Jogging, cycling, and swimming are good for your heart as well as blood sugar control. Talk with your doctor to find the best workout for you.
Check your blood glucose
Your doctor will tell you how often you should be checking your blood glucose. Your plan will be personalized based on factors such as your current health condition, weight, and target blood sugar. Always stick to your schedule to avoid being caught off-guard by complications.
Take your medication
If exercise and diet don’t solve your blood sugar problem, you will be prescribed with some drugs. Take the complete doses as per the prescription and keep in mind that your drugs are yours alone. Don’t drop off the regimen or use other persons’ medicine.
Medicine is full of complex words and almost impossible to understand scientific research. While its possible you will not understand much of these, try to be at par with current reports of new or changing diabetes management guidelines and drugs. Always ask your doctor about new developments and how these apply to you.
Get help for depression
Depression us sometimes unavoidable in diabetes, and can affect your recovery. A report published in January 2012 in the journal Annals Of Family Medicine showed that alleviating both conditions does improve the outlook resulting in better control of blood sugar levels. Diabetes can cloud your thoughts and if you are feeling depressed, share your feelings to a diabetes educator or doctor.
One complication that people with diabetes experience is diabetic foot. What starts as a bruise, blister, or cuts can progress into a chronic sequela of sores and wounds on feet that can lead to amputation. Because of this, it is vital to check your feet for signs of injury, blisters, or sores. If you have a sore that is taking longer to heal, consult your management team immediately.
Educate family and friends
A survey released in June 2011 by the British Medical Journal found that 34% of people living with type 2 diabetes are secretive about their condition. To avoid drawing attention to themselves, they sometimes miss insulin injections, test blood sugar in private, or even keep it a secret from employers, friends, and family. There is nothing to be ashamed of – if everyone is aware of your situation, they can always learn and know how to help you when the need arises. Educating your social circle about the signs and symptoms of low or high blood glucose levels will potentially avert a crisis.
Wear a medical alert bracelet, carry an identification card, or update the health app on your smartphone so that people will know you have type 2 diabetes. These will speak for you if you’re in a crisis and can’t speak for yourself.
Apart from using drugs and insulin, there is nothing standard in managing type 2 diabetes. If you have concerns, share them with a doctor. Do not expect overnight changes in chronic diseases because you are working for long-term goals. Even though you might have thought your prospects are slim, there are ways of managing type 2 diabetes.
Living with type 2 diabetes isn’t fun, but it does not have to be impossible either. Make gradual steps and you will achieve your objectives.