Caring for Yourself When You Have Diabetes
posted: Aug. 08, 2022.
Find out how to get your blood sugar levels under control.
If you or someone you love has just been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, then you may wonder what you can do to manage your blood sugar. Your general doctor will work with you to create a treatment plan based on your current health and lifestyle.
How Is Diabetes Treated?
Medication is usually the main course of treatment as it can help an individual manage healthy blood sugar levels. Of course, while some diabetes medication may work well for one person, it won’t always be as effective for others. You will need to monitor your blood sugar daily to see whether your medication is working and turn to your general doctor for checkups so they can monitor how well the medication is working.
Is There Anything I Can Do Besides Medication To Improve My Blood Sugar Levels?
Absolutely! Along with taking your diabetes medication as prescribed, there are other ways to manage this long-term condition and improve your health and quality of life. Here are some things that you can do to maintain good health while living with diabetes,
Eat a Balanced, Healthy Diet
A healthy diet is a key to unlocking good health, no matter whether you have diabetes or not. What you eat can either support how your body functions and fuel you, or it can cause severe dysfunction and impairments over time. When you have diabetes, you need to understand how food impacts your blood sugar to know which foods are safe to eat and which to avoid. Here are some tips to follow,
- Understand proper portion sizes and measure out the foods you eat
- Count your carbs, as carbs often have the most significant effect on your blood sugar and will influence your dose of insulin
- Create balanced meals that offer a variety of proteins, healthy fats, whole grains, vegetables and fruits
- Know how to schedule your meals with your medication, so you don’t deal with severe dips in your blood sugar
- Avoid sugary foods or drinks
Get Regular Exercise
Our patients need to understand that every little bit of physical activity counts toward exercise. You don’t have to run out and get a gym membership; just find simple ways to stay active throughout the day to reap exercise's health benefits. This might include,
- Taking a brisk walk around the neighborhood
- Doing chores around the house
- Taking the stairs instead of the elevator
You only need about 30 minutes of exercise per day the majority of the week to improve your health. Of course, before starting any new exercise routine, you will want to talk with your physician to ensure that you are healthy enough first. We can also recommend safe and effective exercises.
If you want to talk to a doctor about properly managing your diabetes, call your general practitioner today to schedule a consultation. With the proper lifestyle and medication routine, you can get your diabetes under control.