Years ago, diabetes seemed like a very mysterious and sometimes terrifying disease. It almost seemed like a death sentence. You couldn’t eat any sugar and you would be tied to insulin injections for the rest of your life. However, as we have learned more about the disease there are many steps you can follow to make life with this disease much more livable. Check these hints out:
Do you know what your A1C is? If you’re Diabetic, you should know it along with your weight. This number indicates how well you’ve been controlling your blood sugar over the long-term, which will tell you if you need to be checking your fasting blood glucose levels more often to see what’s going on.
If you’re Diabetic, you must quit smoking. End of story, period, that’s that. You cannot have any bad habits while your body is already having these types of problems or else any treatment you’re receiving will be sabotaged. It’s time to make a choice – do you want to live a long, healthy life, or smoke?
Test your sugar regularly, and track the results. Keeping a log book of your sugar levels will help you and your doctor decide if your medication and diet plan are working to control your sugar. You can save money by sharing a glucometer with a family member or friend, so long as you do not share lancets.
A great way to save money and still eat healthy is to plan out all your meals. If you can reuse a food bought in bulk multiple times, like a loaf of bread or a specific vegetable, you’ll be able to save money on the purchase. Plan out every meal to make the most of your grocery buys.
Use resources like the internet to find diabetic recipes. Many diabetics get frustrated because they cannot find recipes for meals that are diabetic friendly. There are many substitutions to foods that taste just as good as the original including sugar-free chocolates, healthy kinds of pasta, sugar-free ice creams and cakes.
Watching your diet carefully is important when you are diagnosed with diabetes. Different foods affect glucose levels differently, and you will need to carefully scrutinize your food choices. Large meals will need larger doses of insulin to process, and small meals require less. It is possible to actively manage glucose levels if you are careful about what you eat.
Being diagnosed with Type II Diabetes does not mean you are lazy, fat, or nonathletic. There are many causes of Diabetes which don’t necessarily come from being overweight or not exercising enough, but all diagnoses mean that you’ll need to start watching what you’re eating and increase your exercise level.
As you can see, diabetes is not as bad as it may seem. Check out all the different options available to you; discuss them with your doctor. Follow the tips that apply in your case. Soon you may see some relief from the affects of this disease. You can start living life with much of the zeal and vigor you have had in the past.