Diabetes is a complex and serious disease, and managing it every day can be challenging. To help you, diabetes educators have developed seven key areas to focus on.
Having diabetes doesn’t mean you have to give up your favourite foods or stop eating in restaurants. In fact, there is nothing you can’t eat. But you need to know that the foods you eat affect your blood sugar.
Being active is not just about losing weight. It has many health benefits like improving your health numbers: lowering cholesterol, improving your blood pressure, lowering stress and anxiety, and improving your mood. If you have diabetes, physical activities can also help keep your blood sugar levels to normal and help you keep your diabetes in control.
Checking your blood sugar levels regularly gives you vital information about your diabetes management. Monitoring helps you know when your blood sugar levels are on target and it helps you make food and activity adjustments so that your body can perform at its best. There are new and innovative tools available to help you monitor your diabetes.
There are several types of medications that are often recommended for people with diabetes. Insulin, pills that lower your blood sugar, aspirin, blood pressure medication, a cholesterol-lowering medication, or a number of others may work together to lower your blood sugar levels, reduce your risk of complications and help you feel better.
Everyone encounters problems with their diabetes control; you can’t plan for every situation you may face. However, there are some problem-solving skills that can help you prepare for the unexpected- and make a plan for dealing with similar problems in the future.
Having diabetes puts you at higher sick for developing other health problems. However, if you understand the risks, you can take steps to lower to changes of diabetes-related complications.
Diabetes can affect you physically and emotionally. It’s natural to have mixed feelings about your diabetes management and experience highs and lows. The important thing is to recognize these emotions as normal but take steps to reduce the negative impact they can have on your self-care.
Source: American Association of Diabetes Educator