Here are great six strategies that you can use to control your diabetes and live a long and active life.
Get informed about diabetes.
Diabetes is severe, and If left unmanaged, it can lead to heart disease, stroke, blindness, and even death.
One in three people with diabetes will develop some form of vision loss during their lifetime.
People with diabetes are up to 4 times higher to develop cardiovascular disease.
Kidney failure is typically ten times more common in people with diabetes.
Your first thing after being diagnosed is to ask questions and learn as much as you can about:
- How diabetes treated
- How diabetes is managed day today
- How diabetes can affect your lifestyle, diet, and body
Talk to your healthcare providers- doctors, nurses, endocrinologies, dietitians- and get answers to the questions that concern you most.
Feel free to ask your friends and family who may be living with diabetes, join a support group, get online start reading.
The more you know about these diseases, the more control you’ll have.
Get care for your diabetes.
Your health care team or doctors is your primary resource for getting the care you need to live well. Your treatment may be include.
Whether you don’t need medication to help control diabetes depends on your symptoms, complications, blood sugar, and other issues.
There is no diet to follow. But if you have diabetes, consult a good dietitian to learn how food affects your blood sugar.
Talk with your doctors about weight loss if you are overweight and how to safely incorporate exercise into your daily routine.
Monitoring your blood sugar.
Your health care team can teach you how to monitor your blood sugar accurately and show what to do to avoid highs and lows.
Track your diabetes ABCs.
Diabetes raises your risk and factors for conditions that may affect your eyes, nerves, heart, teeth, and more.
It is why you want to keep your diabetes track of ABCs.
This test calculates your average blood sugar over the last two-three months.
You aim to keep your A1c around seven without risking low blood sugar levels. Your doctor can help.
If you have diabetes, you are at significant risk of developing high blood pressure.
Which leads to other severe conditions. To ensure that your blood pressure is at a healthy rate, have it checked(fasting lipid profile) at least once every year.
Learn how to manage it.
Once you know little about living with diabetes, it is essential to put that knowledge into practice.
A healthy lifestyle with diabetes includes.
- Seeing your doctor 2 to 4 times a year
- Eating balanced food
- Getting 30 to 40 minutes of exercise most days of the week
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Seeing your dentist at least twice a year
- Not smoking
- Getting eye and foot exams every year
Stop Diabetes Complications before they start.
Diabetes complications don’t have to be part of living. You can prevent problems by controlling your diabetes with diet, medication, exercise, and regular checkups.
It is essential also to know the signs and symptoms of some major diabetes complications, which include:
(Diabetic neuropathy) often affects the legs and feet of people with diabetes.
Symptoms include numbness, burning, tingling, cuts, or sores that heal very slowly, and erectile dysfunction or vaginal dryness.
(Diabetic retinopathy) It can be the result of damage to the small blood vessels in the retina.
Signs may include blurry vision, sudden vision loss, eye pain or pressure, and spots before the eyes.
(Diabetic nephropathy)is a diabetes complication that can lead to the need for dialysis or a kidney transplant.
To rule out kidney damage, go to your doctor to check your blood pressure two to four times a year and your urine protein (microalbumin) at least once a year.
Heart disease and stroke.
Risks are higher for people living with diabetes. The risk goes up even higher if you smoke.
If you are overweight, have high blood pressure, or have a family history of heart disease.
Ask your doctor to understand your risks for heart disease and stroke.
Get help from your diabetes health care team.
Experiencing diabetes complications early can ultimately boost your chances of successful treatment.
So if you are worried about your health, don’t wait for things to get worse.
Talk to your doctor about it. Treatment is may be as simple as a lifestyle change or an adjustment in medication.
Whether you have any questions and doubts about diabetes or think you’re experiencing diabetes complications.
Your diabetes health care team is always there to help you continue to do the things you love with the people you care about.