If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, don’t let it get you down. As it becomes more common, and more widely studied, more and more solutions and treatment options have become available. Take a practical approach, an educational approach, and systematically address it. This article contains some useful advice that you can use in your overall effort to combat the illness.
If you feel that your medication is not working to control your diabetes, you may want to talk to your doctor about switching medications. There are a wide variety of different diabetic medications and what works for one person, may not work well for you. Or your dosage may need to be increased.
Try your best to keep your body fat as low as possible because the more you weigh, the greater chance you will have of acquiring diabetes later on in life. Reduce the amount of meat and carbs that you eat to maximize your chance of maintaining good health over time.
As a diabetic, you may have trouble with your feet. Be sure to take good care of them by examining them and cleaning them daily with soap and warm water. Wear cotton socks in white so that you can be sure they are clean. Never walk barefoot, and never wear badly fitted shoes. Be sure to see a podiatrist regularly to have your toenails trimmed.
If you suffer from hypoglycemia, it is important that you do not skip meals. Your body needs the sugars that these meals provide you and skipping them could have a negative effect on your blood sugar levels. Be sure that you have just the right amount of sugar in each meal.
If you have a child in the school system with diabetes, make sure that in case of emergency or natural disaster you know the steps that they are going to take to protect not only your child but their blood sugar levels. Having a plan in place if there is a fire or otherwise will benefit your child and give you peace of mind.
Create a journal, and keep track of your blood sugar level every time you check it. Sometimes your blood sugar can reach dangerous levels without symptoms presenting themselves. If you don’t keep track of your levels, you put yourself at a greater risk for kidney failure, stroke, gout, heart disease, and other debilitating maladies.
Be sure to keep a separate in places you will be often. These include your place of business or the school you attend, your home, and your most frequent mode of transportation like your car or your purse/backpack if you use public transportation. This will enable you to monitor your blood sugar while you are away from home and keep your home unit in an easily findable place.
Before you test your blood glucose levels, you should make sure your hands and especially your fingertips, are clean. When you clean your fingers, do not use alcohol. Alcohol is drying and can cause your fingertips to crack. When cleaning your hands, use a mild antibacterial soap such as Dial.
Diabetes is no fun condition to live with. You have to just about completely change your lifestyle. This includes your diet. Most people with diabetes cannot consume sugar, so they avoid it. However, sugar is not just in sweet things and products that have sugar listed in their ingredients. Sugar is in starchy food as well. It just is not in the form of it yet. When your body breaks down starchy foods, it turns it into glucose, which is sugar. So my tip for people with diabetes is to avoid starchy foods because once in your body, they turn into very sugary foods!
Hearing that you have diabetes shouldn’t be like hearing that you have a terminal illness. Rather, if approached methodically, it can be managed effectively. You can, and will, lead a normal life if you choose. This article offered some pointers to help you to make that possible.