Diabetes is a very tough disease to care for. Not only must you make drastic changes when it comes to the food you eat, it also requires you to administer extensive maintenance and monitoring. Don’t let diabetes overwhelm you. There are many ways you can deal with diabetes. Here are some things you can do to manage diabetes and keep healthy.
Checking out international foods is an excellent way of finding new recipes that you’ll actually enjoy eating, even though they’re good for you and your Diabetes. I’d highly recommend trying Tabouleh, a Middle Eastern dish made with herbs, onions, lemon juice, and bulgur. It’s extremely good mixed with hummus and served on a pita!
When looking for a substitute for something sweet, make it yourself! For example, if you don’t want to eat sugary store bought relish since it will spike your blood sugar and set your diabetes off, then make your own by chopping up dill pickles. Need a replacement for ketchup? Try mixing pureed tomatoes and honey.
Don’t worry about having a “Diabetes Bag” that you carry around with you, just keep syringes in your purse, jacket pockets, car, and desk at work. Keep your meter and insulin with you in a small bag or your purse and you’ll be ready for injections no matter where you end up.
To save money, the American Diabetes Association approves the re-use of testing lancets. These are the needles used by your glucometer to test your blood sugar. Re-using them does result in them becoming dull, so be sure to change them out when you notice the pain level of your testing rising. Never share lancets.
If you absolutely must indulge in something sweet, have a glass of decaffeinated coffee with it. This will help lower the spike in blood sugar you get after eating, potentially stopping the need for you to inject more insulin. It must be decaf, though, as caffeine can have other, unwanted side effects.
Diabetics should make sure to always wear socks to bed and wear slippers or shoes inside the house. You’ll want to both provide shock absorption for your feet as well as protection from stepping on something sharp or damaging. Diabetes can lead to an increased susceptibility to infection, so be extra careful!
When a certain food allows it, add vinegar to it if you are a dietetic. Research has shown that vinegar inhibit starch digestion and allows food to stay in the stomach longer. In turn, this helps to reduce the chances of your blood glucose levels from rising after you have eaten a meal.
If you suspect hypoglycemia in your life, consider asking for a prescription of glucose in tablet form. The tablets are simple to take wherever you go and help elevate your glucose levels quicker and more efficiently than foods with sugar.
It requires you to take excellent care of yourself, and to pay close attention to your health and diet. Diabetes can be challenging to live with, but the information laid out here can make it much less of a burden. Don’t let diabetes control your life, and try your best to start treating diabetes management as an integral part of your life.