Diabetes is a disease that is linked with obesity and currently proliferating in our society. We need to learn more about it, in order to stave off this epidemic that is causing so much suffering, disability and financial loss. Here are tips to help you understand diabetes and how to avoid it or deal with it if you have it.
If you want to get oats into your diet but you don’t like eating a bowl of oatmeal, put them in your muffins and have one for breakfast. You can take any muffin recipe and add as much oats as possible, and throw in some cinnamon for an extra diabetes-fighting punch!
If your child is diagnosed with Diabetes, make keeping track of their blood sugar fun. Have a contest where they get a reward for doing their blood sugar on time every day for a certain number of days, like a trip to the toy store or an hour at the park.
For people with diabetes, it is important to check your glucose level after heavy exercise. Exercise can keep consuming glucose for up to 24 hours later, so it’s best to check your glucose level every 45 minutes or so after your workout to see if your glucose level is dropping or remaining stable.
Learning to read the nutrition data on food labels is key to eating the right diet for your Diabetes. Keep track of how much carbohydrates, sodium, sugar, fat, protein, and fiber are in each food you eat and try to only choose those which will keep your weight in check.
If you suffer from diabetes it is a good idea to enlist the help of a qualified, registered dietician. The American Diabetes Association advises that all individuals with diabetes consult with a nutritional counselor. A dietician will help you to understand how different foods affect your blood sugar and can create a healthy eating plan based on your needs.
The risk of getting diabetes can be reduced by having a diet that is high in fiber. Consuming processed and overly refined foods with a high glycemic index increases your risk of developing diabetes; instead, eat foods that are made with whole grains. It has been widely reported that consuming foods with whole grains can lower your chance of becoming a diabetic.
To make sure your blood sugar levels don’t spike or plummet without you realizing it, check your blood sugar regularly and log the results. It’s very common for people to experience dramatic changes in their blood sugar with no initial symptoms. Carefully tracking your levels will help you avoid serious health problems like kidney failure or strokes.
Choosing the right blood glucose monitor is an investment in your health, and as such, you should avoid using price as the deciding factor in your purchase. If you are tech-savvy, you might do well with a monitor that has online tracking capabilities and storage functions. If you have dexterity problems, look for monitors with easy-to-handle strips and operation.
Now you have learned more about this disabling disease. These tips on diabetes, on warding it off or treating it, are very practical ones. We hope they will help you cope effectively with diabetes if you or a loved one has it, or help you avoid developing diabetes in the future.