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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