5 Tips for Managing Your Diabetes

April 14, 2012 by  
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If you have been diagnosed with diabetes then you are probably hoping to find a good way to keep it under control. Luckily there is information out there that can help you keep it under control. You still might have to get medication from your doctor, in fact that is recommended so no permanent damage is done to you. You still can manage it in a way that you don’t have to worry so much about it. Here are five tips to managing diabetes in your everyday life.

What Type of Diabetes?

First of all you need to understand diabetes and which type you have. Diabetes is when your blood glucose is too high and your body cannot cope with it. There are two different types and they are called type 1 and type 2. The first type is when your body doesn’t make enough insulin. Since insulin is used to convert glucose to energy this causes a spike in glucose. Everyone with type one need to take insulin every day. Then there is type 2 who’s body doesn’t make or use insulin well. Most people are two 2 and require pills or insulin to manage it.


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Educate Yourself

The second tip to managing your diabetes is to know the basics of staying healthy with diabetes. Most of your problems such as heart attack, stroke, and other diabetes related issues can be solved by managing three things about your body. The first is A1C, which is a test that shows your blood glucose over the past three months. Then there is blood pressure, having high blood pressure means heart attack or stroke. Then finally there is Cholesterol. If you can manage these three things most of the effects of diabetes will be negated.

Get Some Exercize

The third tip and probably the one most people skip is getting regular exercise. Maintaining a healthy weight is essential to getting your blood glucose under control and even a 30-60 minute brisk walk every day will help you achieve this. If you want to get into even better shape then all power to you, your health will improve even more. Do not neglect the power of a good workout.

Quit Smoking

The fourth tip is to learn to cope with stress without cigarettes. Stress increases blood glucose and should be avoided as much as possible. If you have a stressful job then you need to learn to meditate and get rid of the stress right when you get off. Avoiding cigarettes is very important as well because it has been shown to compound the effects of diabetes on your body.

Visit Your Doctor

And finally the fifth tip is to get your regular check ups with your doctor. You want to go in at least twice a year, more if your doctor recommends it. You want to be able to show him any sores on your feet, get a weight check, and get the A1C test we talked about earlier. 

If you take all the necessary precautions and use those tips along with any advice your doctor gives, you will find that living with diabetes isn’t really that tough. In fact once you get in the swing of things you probably will even forget that you have diabetes. The biggest problem is trying to make changes in your diet and getting exercise at first. Stick with it because you will be happy that you did.

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Unhealthy relationship with food: Well I say ‘Hell to the No’

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Tell me I should eat my wheaties, (you know what)
Hell to the no (Hell to the no)
Tell me I’ll come down with diabetes
Hell to the no (Hell to the no)

Back in the ’90s I loved Baywatch. The scene that stayed with me through the years doesn’t involve running through the beach in a skimpy red swimsuit. Instead, it was Stephanie Holden’s rant about about baby oil not providing protection from the sun which may lead to cancer which I haven’t forgotten. Ever since I tried to be more diligent about sunscreen and at least tried to avoid the sun from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. It wasn’t until Stephanie was killed off the show because of skin cancer that I started embracing my fair skin.

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Sorry to break it to you, but Mercedes, you are most definitely likely to get diabetes because of your weight.

Obesity is currently the single most talked about issue regarding children and teenagers. Campaigns, such as the government sponsored Let’s Move and Georgia’s Obesity Ads, have tried to raise awareness regarding the state of our kids’ waistlines. Lawmakers are also helping the cause by creating restrictions and guidelines for meals targeted for children, e.g. ‘Happy Meal Ordinances.’ One in three children is considered overweight or obese and don’t even get me started on the 136 pound Chinese toddler. Many people are calling for the prohibitions of sweet and fatty foods targeted for children.

On the other hand, Adam Roberts is arguing that allowing special treats for children will prevent binging>. He talks about children who are teased constantly because of their special eating habits and how it may lead to a very unhealthy adulthood. I consider imposing restrictive diets in children may end up hurting their health in the long run because their relationship with food hasn’t changed.

This is my example:

Britain’s Malissa Jones is currently an anorexic. At 17, Jones became the youngest person in the world to get a gastric bypass operation after her doctors warned her that her 473 pounds would end her life. Today she is a mere 112 pounds with a BMI of 17 which classifies her as underweight. She claims it isn’t possible for her to eat because she fears she might gain all the weight back.

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 Jones is an extreme case which illustrates my point: restrictive diets will lead to weight loss but it won’t guarantee health. I don’t mean that your child will be an anorexic because you refuse to let him have soda but maybe a treat once in a while could prevent unhealthy eating habits regardless of what other kids may. Television said it best once again: In Aaron Sorkin’s ‘The West Wing’, President Jed Bartlett says, “If fidelity to freedom of democracy is the code of our civic religion then surely the code of our humanity is faithful service to that unwritten commandment that says we shall give our children better than we ourselves received.”

Do you think that treats promote unhealthy eating habits? How do you promote a good relationship with food in your household?

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