Being told you have diabetes can be really overwhelming! Preparing your mind for your journey with diabetes is one of the best steps you can take after being diagnosed. A key component in your preparation is recognizing that when you have diabetes, your health is really in your own hands.
While this may seem daunting, it is actually a good thing, since you have a great deal of control over your health and your future. It is possible to lead a full and healthy life with diabetes!
Here are some tips that are essentials of daily diabetes care:
Monitor blood sugar levels carefully
Checking your blood sugar periodically throughout the day can provide a picture of the effects that food, stress, medicines, and activity level have on blood glucose levels. With this information, you can make better decisions and stay healthier. The ultimate goal when you monitor your blood sugar is to hit your ideal blood glucose target level, which your doctor will determine for you.
Get enough exercise
Exercise is important for everybody, but it can be particularly important for your health if you have diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, people who exercise regularly are better able to control their diabetes, thereby reducing their risk of diabetes complications. In addition, if you use insulin to treat your diabetes, exercise can be part of the daily schedule that you and your diabetes healthcare team develop to control your blood glucose levels.
Watch what you eat
Eating well is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Fortunately, having diabetes does not prevent you from enjoying a wide variety of foods. People with diabetes have the same nutritional needs as anyone else. Learn to eat well-balanced meals in the correct amounts, stay fit, and take your prescribed medications and you can thrive with diabetes.
Stick to any prescribed medication regimen
To emphasize the importance of taking meds, have a professional explain – to you and the person in your care – why a medication is prescribed, how it works, how often it needs to be taken, and a time frame for when improvements should be seen. Ask about any potential side effects or medical interactions and any symptoms that warrant seeking medical advice.
Remember that by following these few tips and a good self-management plan, you can gain better control over your diabetes and avoid complications down the road. You’ll feel good doing it too.