If you are one of the many people with diabetes, you know how important it is to take good care of your health. These helpful tips can help you manage your diabetes—and stay active and strong:
Know your blood glucose level
Stay in the habit of monitoring your blood glucose. It might be tempting to skip a reading now and then, but resist the temptation. Your doctor can tell you how often and at what time of day you should check your levels. Bring your readings with you to your next appointment and discuss ways to keep your blood sugar at the healthiest level possible.
Work with your doctor or a nutritionist to develop a meal plan that’s right for you. Learn how much, when and what you should eat to keep your blood glucose levels stable. Starting to feel like you’re in a rut with your food choices? Explore new cookbooks for diabetic diets at the public library, your local bookstore or online.
Exercise not only helps you manage your diabetes, it can give you more energy and lift your spirits. Be sure that your doctor approves any exercise plan or increase in activity before you begin. Physical activity helps control weight, makes insulin work better and prevents heart attacks and strokes. If you take insulin to manage your diabetes, talk with your doctor about adjusting your dose according to the amount of exercise you get. Be sure you know how to manage low blood sugar.
Diabetes can put you at risk for other health problems. Take action to prevent complications:
Keep your blood sugar under control, and your blood pressure and cholesterol normal.
Avoid smoking to prevent kidney, heart disease and eye problems.
See an eye care professional regularly. Don’t compromise your vision by putting it off.
Take excellent care of your feet and legs. Be very careful when cutting your toenails.
Check your feet daily for cuts, blisters or bruises, and don’t walk barefoot. Report any changes to your doctor right away.
See your dentist regularly, floss and brush your teeth at least twice daily to help prevent gum disease.
Signs and Symptoms Not sure if you or someone you love has diabetes? These signs and symptoms indicate that a visit to your doctor is warranted
Unexplained weight loss