Managing diabetes takes a lot of knowledge and self discipline. Having been a diabetic for around seven years now, and a gestational diabetic for years before that, incliuding three pregnancies, I have struggled with this. Ensure you empower yourself, ask questions of your caring physician, get annual checkups,on your feet, your eyes, and your dentist. It is a disease that can reek havoc on all your vital organs, and destroy the necessary blood vessel passages, which are important for your overall survival. Blindness is top of the list for reasons stemming from Diabetes.
Managing Diabetes can be a balancing act in itself; first there are things that all should look out for like:
*Low or high blood sugars- If the blood is too low, it can be scary. Conversely, if the blood is too high, it can give short-term effects, such as fatigue, mood changes and blood flow restriction in the vessels.
*Make sure to never skip a meal. For most people, skipping a meal or two does very little to their bodies. For diabetics though, skipping a meal, may cause a sudden lows in blood sugar, which, again can lead to death, or shock, or seizures. It can also make your sugar dip low enough, then rise quickly in about 30 minutes after, skipping a meal. High blood sugars can also be damaging to your health. This is not a good thing.
*Make sure to test every day. Testing before your first bite, or drink of food and beverage is a need. This will give you a fasting blood sugar, and you can decide based on how high or how low your blood sugar reading is, whether you should eat this or that, it will help you eat according to your needs. Also testing after meals is important, but a good rule of thumb, is two hours after a meal, because that is when your body starts to metabolise, and it will give you the blood sugar that you need, to work with.
*Do not do too much exercise. It can cause low blood sugars. Before you exercise, eat a small snack, because this will maintain a good blood sugar reading during your exercise. Also, do not forget to eat another small snack if your workout is for a long time. Nothing really high in sugar is needed, but something with protein and some carbs.
*If you are a social drinker, or binger, make sure to watch your intake, because it can lower blood sugars as well. This can be devastating; keep track of how much your drink. If possible snack on peanuts, or popcorn, while drinking. Or you can pick a snack of your choice, but most bars carry these things.
*If you are taking pills to help control your diabetes, ensure not to miss any or skip the dose you are intended to take. Make sure to do all you can to help control your diabetes. Do not quit taking any medicine the doctor has prescribed, ask his or her advice before quitting.
*If you smoke, quit. The act of smoking gives a diabetic triple times the chance of a serious heart-related illness. Smoking restricts blood flow, as does being a diabetic. Combine, the two make a deadly mix.
*Try to familiarize yourself with warning signs that your body gives you when your blood sugars are too low, or high. Familiarize yourself with both common and uncommon, signs.
*Get an A1C test every three months, to help manage your blood sugars. This is an average of the total blood sugar levels you have had for that period of time. This is a good indicator as to what needs to be done, or does not. Your doctor will usually do this, if they don’t ask for one. There are A1C tests on shelves in pharmacies now a days. They are not expensive and they can save you from troubles, later on.
*Drink plenty of water. It is said that the average person needs to drink at least 2,eight fluid ounces of water first thing in the morning to replenish the body. Supposedly, we lose that much, while we sleep. It will keep you hydrated through the day, and it is good for the skin, which all diabetics have issues with.
*If you are taking insulin, make sure you know how and what to do.
*Make sure to ask about new treatments in the fight against diabetes, it is very important to stay informed.
Here’s wishing you the very best in your care and treatment of diabetes, Good day.