Living Well With Diabetes

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You may have heard people in your larger circle mention how their sugar is a notch high or they are slightly diabetic. This may seem as if the disease isn’t serious. That isn’t true.

However, you can learn to manage it well.

People with diabetes need to make healthy food choices, ensure their weight and body mass index is in check, exercise as well as take their medicine schedule seriously.

It’s not easy, but it’s all about getting into a routine.

When your diabetes is in check, which means your blood sugar is under control, you would have more energy, be less thirsty, will heal better and will also have fewer skin or bladder infections. It’s important to be aware that you can otherwise have higher chances of having a heart attack, eye problems, kidney malfunction, teeth and gum concerns, as well as nerve damage. Your doctor needs to be your counselor as well as friend if you’re living with diabetes. Think of living with it without angst.

Here are a few tips and tricks to begin with to live better with diabetes:

  • The more you stress, the more your blood sugar will be. Try deep breathing and meditating, focusing on your hobby, and being more active.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask for help. A friend, family member or a trusted doctor can listen to your concerns and try to offer support.
  • Eat well by making a diabetes meal plan with the help of your doctor and health care team. Choose low calorie and no-trans-fat food. The more the fiber, the better. Choose water over juice and regular soda.
  • High blood pressure may fool you into thinking you are hungry, even when you are thirsty. Drink water the next time you aren’t sure.
  • Make sure you have regular check-ins with your doctor to monitor your progress.
  • It’s important to ensure you can manage when things don’t seem right. Get a reliable sugar-level check system or device and keep it handy.

Remember that your blood sugar goals need to be different if you are over 65 years of age and have had diabetes for a long time. They need to be different if you have a heart disease or other ailments. So stay informed and try not to indulge. The body gets used to healthy food easily. It always gives you signs if it’s uncomfortable. Trust your body and take care of it.

P.S. Wellness begins with happier thoughts.

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