Dealing with diabetes: 6 life-altering tips

Apple, pear, tape and glucometerThe moment that you’re diagnosed with diabetes, your whole life changes — from what you eat to when you eat. In that moment, it seems as though your life has gotten infinitely more complicated.

Whether you’ve been recently diagnosed with diabetes or have been dealing with it for years, here are some tips to help you cope with the disease:

Develop a team. Once you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, it’s essential to develop a team of physicians who can help you control your condition. In addition to your primary care physician, consider adding an endocrinologist to monitor your hormone and glucose levels, an ophthalmologist to watch your eyesight and a registered dietician to assist you in your new diet. Together, your team of medical professionals will help you adjust to life with diabetes.

Exercise daily. Maintaining an active lifestyle is essential to coping with diabetes. Make sure you find ways to exercise on a daily basis. Sometimes getting to the gym every single day can be difficult. If you can’t make it to the gym, take the stairs at work or take a walk during lunch. Regular exercise also helps prevent heart disease.

Log your food. When it comes to managing diabetes, watching your diet is important. We recommend that you keep track of the foods you eat and how you feel after eating. This will help to know which foods are “problem foods” for you. Logging your food intake will also help you make better choices about your diet because you’re less likely to want to log that cupcake.

Take your meds If your physician has prescribed medication to help manage your diabetes, it is important to take those as prescribed. Many medications regulate glucose levels to help prevent an issue.

Check your levels. Checking your blood-glucose levels every day is the only way to fully understand if your blood sugar is under control. Everything that you eat, including medications, affects your blood sugar. Checking daily helps to ensure that your levels are within range and you’re not in danger.

Clean your teeth. Diabetes raises your glucose levels in both your blood and saliva. The increased blood-glucose levels in your saliva can increase your risk of dental decay.  Additionally, having diabetes makes it more difficult to fight off infections that may occur. So keep your mouth clean and brush and floss your teeth twice a day!

 

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