If you have diabetes, you’ll be looking into improving and maintaining your health for the long run. You control your diabetes successfully, by eating well, exercising and keeping informed about developments for better treatment. Your quality of life is also about finding ways to be happy, share with others and have fun in your life. While you’ve got a condition which will affect you medically, it is possible to start each day afresh and take control of your health rather than let it dictate your routine. Steps:
Make an appointment to discuss your overall health with your trusted health team. This is important, both so that you understand what will help you and you don’t feel alone dealing with this disease.
Follow your recommended diet with care. Your doctor or dietitian should have given you a diet to follow; diet is key to maintaining wellness when you have diabetes. Every diabetic individual has differing needs, so it’s likely that your doctor has tailored the diet suggestion to your specific needs.
Know what is healthy to eat as a diabetic. Recommended foods include: Whole grains, beans, noodles, and starchy vegetables, unrefined potatoes, Breads and cereals should be limited and low in sodium, avoid white flour. Eat fruit, meat, fish, cheese, milk and yogurt etcetera.
Drink at least 6 to 8 cups of fluid daily. While tap water is your absolute best first choice, you can also consume tea, coffee, unflavored soda/mineral waters, diet drinks, artificially sweetened drink powders, low calorie drinks, etcetera. Drinks to avoid or minimize completely include: sugary sports drinks (loaded with salt/sodium and sugar), sweetened soda drinks, tonic water, fruit juice, and milk .
Include “treats” in your diet. Be sure to ask your health advisers about the role of treats in your diet and what sort of treats are permissible. While sugary confectionery and sugary baked items are now out, this doesn’t mean the end of enjoying sweet treats. There are plenty of good diabetic cookbooks both in stores and online that you can use to recreate sugar-free treats that still taste fantastic.
Exercise regularly. Ask your doctor for the recommended amount of exercise in your case.
Take your medications as directed. If you have been skipping doses of your medications, then you’re skipping life saving help and risk complications developing.
Keep your records updated.
Check insulin levels before and after meals as well as before going to bed
Watch for diabetic complications such as heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, eye complications, oral health and hygiene, diabetic neuropathy and nerve damage, foot complications, skin complications and depression among others.
Seek support from people who care about you and from people who know what you’re going through.
Ask your doctor about lowering your blood sugar
Sleep; get 6, preferably 7 or more hours of sleep for recovery time for the nerves and all other systems to settle and rest. This will lower your diabetes problems.