The daily task of testing your blood sugar is not the most dreaded aspect of diabetes. Conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, which is a disease of the eye linked to diabetes, bring about the most fear. Keep your diabetes in check so that your chance of developing complications will be minimized. Use the tips laid out here to cope with the illness, and manage it well.
Make your life easier and more organized by doing everything the same way every time. Keep your insulin close to you and store it in the same spot every night. When you are testing, do it at the same time each day, and keep a list nearby of the steps that must be completed so that you don’t skip any.
Many people suffer from diabetes. By doing what makes you most comfortable you can reduce any stress or shame you feel about your disease.
Many foods contain corn syrup, so make sure to read food labels. This is labeled “glucose/fructose” in Canada.
You can decrease the chance of developing diabetes by converting to a diet that is high in fiber. Eating more whole grain foods will reduce your intake of high glycemic foods like white bread and processed foods which will increase your your risk. Research demonstrates that diets rich in whole grain are at lesser risk of suffering diabetes.
Don’t worry if your blood glucose levels spike right after treating a hypoglycemic episode. It’s caused by 1 of 2 factors: your body is responding to low glucose and releases hormones, or you may be drinking or eating more than necessary to respond to lower glucose levels. In the future, cut the amount you’d normally eat in half, and wait 30 minutes to check your levels.
Take your insulin as directed by your doctor. In general, you should take insulin no more than 15 minutes before you eat. Fast-acting insulin is only effective in managing blood sugar levels with careful timing and consistent dosing.
Remind yourself frequently of the reasons you are determined to properly manage your diabetes. Keep your thoughts on things that you like to do in life, the obstacles that keep you from doing them, and how you can overcome that. Keep yourself focused on the things that are important to you and allow them to motivate you in your management.
Being diabetic means that it is very important that you keep track of your glucose levels, and always try to eat healthy. If your blood sugar stays low for too long, you can become dehydrated, so drink fluids even if you don’t feel like doing so.
A common misconception regarding diabetes is that the diabetic is not allowed any sugar. You need to remain diligent about keeping sweets to a minimum, but not completely gone from your diet. Portion control is key along with keeping the frequency of these treats low. Eliminate other carbs from a daily meal in order to make room for eating your favorite dessert.
As the introduction of this article mentioned, it’s the potential to go blind and other debilitating side effects associated with diabetes that really scare people. You can work past the fear and use the information you’ve learned here to ensure that you’re never a victim of these nasty complications.