How To Manage Your Diabetes And Enjoy Your Life


How to Manage Your Diabetes And Enjoy Your Life


When you first received your diagnosis of diabetes, you probably felt overwhelmed. How would your diagnosis affect your life? What lifestyle changes would you need to make to best manage your disease? Could you handle it? Living your life as a diabetic probably felt scary at first. The good news is that thousands and thousands of Americans are able to live long, full, and happy lives as diabetics. You will likely need to make some lifestyle modifications, but with effort and persistance on your part, you will find that your diabetes can indeed be managed effectively.

If you are a diabetic, it is of the utmost importance that you keep your blood sugar amounts within a certain range. You can purchase blood meters that will test your sugar levels in the store or over the Internet; your doctor or pharmacist can educate you on how to read the meter you purchase. It is important to regularly test your sugar levels so you can monitor if they are getting too high or too low. Watch for symptoms such as being more hungry or more thirsty than you usually are, feeling excessively sleepy, and having blurry eyesight. Your doctor can tell you the best things for you to do if you notice your sugar levels slipping too low or getting too high.

Are you overweight? If so, this is likely to put you at higher risk for complications as a result of being a diabetic. It will really benefit you to get your weight under control. Make an appointment with your doctor or with a nutritionist who understands diabetes and share your typical diet with them. They can review the food items that you typically consume in a week and suggest ways you can modify your diet to be as healthy as possible. By keeping a food journal, or a log of what you eat every day, you can get a good idea of what your typical diet is like. Don't cheat! Write every single thing you eat down.

Do you exercise on a regular basis? If not, it will benefit your diabetes and make you less likely to experience health related complications if you start an exercise regimen. Make an appointment with your doctor first to get his or her recommendations about exercises you should start with or avoid based on your personal health situation. Regular exercise will help reduce your overall stress levels and will put you at a lower risk of developing certain diseases like heart disease.

Living your life as a healthy, happy diabetic is indeed possible! It will likely take some lifestyle changes on your part, but they are essential if you want to be as healthy as possible. Complications that can arise from not managing your diabetes can be quite serious, and prevention and proper management of your disease will be the key to continued health. Discuss any questions or concerns that you may have with your doctor or team of doctors.