Prevention is better than cure! And this notion goes for everything and our major concern right now is diabetes. You can save yourself from a disease only when you know what all could lead to it. So, let’s begin! We certainly do not know which stage you are at, whether you are standing at the brink of becoming a diabetic or you are already one. Nevertheless, we will make sure to educate you about diabetes and help you combat the either situations smartly and with care. But, first let us begin by understanding diabetes;
Type 1 diabetes
Your body does not make insulin. But it is crucial because your body needs insulin so that it can use insulin to absorb the glucose from the foods that you are eating. So, basically you need insulin everyday of your life.
Type 2 diabetes
Your body does not prepare the insulin really well. In this case you will need to take insulin pills in order to control your diabetes. Type 2 is the most common kind of diabetes.
Women tend to get this kind of diabetes when they are pregnant. It vanishes after the baby takes birth. Children and women have greater chances of getting diabetes in the later years of their lives.
But, ever wondered why do you need to take care of your diabetes?
It will help you to feel good today and also in the future. When your blood sugar gets normal you will have more of the good things like:
- Less thirsty and feeling of tiredness
- You will heal easily
- Less skin and bladder infections
- Less risk of stroke or a heart attack
- Less chances that you will face any teeth or gum related problems
Diabetes Management for a Long & Healthy Life
Begin by taking one small step at a time because those tiny, little, initial steps can change your life for the better!
Injurious to health and Deadly for Diabetes!!
With this you are more likely to have problems like that of heart diseases, stroke, kidney, blood vessel diseases, eye diseases and other foot problems. When you smoke the problem increases. Researches and studies have shown that it is harder for people to exercise who smoke. And, if your health does not allow you to exercise then how do you plan to stay fit?
When you are in stress the blood sugar levels shoot up. A person who takes more stress will not be able to manage the diabetes really well. So exercise, eat right and take your medicines (if prescribed any) on time. Other things that you can do are; practice deep breathing, do yoga and perform activities that need more strength.
Get Frequent Checkups
You need to visit a doctor atleast twice every year. An advice by a doctor will only guide you for better. So, don’t ever miss the timely visits to a doctor.
Check your blood glucose levels quite regularly
If you can’t keep it at bay atleast you can keep a check on it. You must check the glucose level of your body and make sure to do it quite frequently. You need to monitor your blood sugar level and take note of your insulin every day. Based upon this you can make your decisions about physical activity, food and medicines. And nowadays it has become convenient to check the insulin levels as you don’t need to run to a doctor to get it checked. There are many fancy products available in the market and online too that will help you to keep a check of your insulin levels. One such product is One Touch Verio Flex Blood Sugar Meter. It will help to give you an accurate blood sugar count based on which you can take the next crucial steps like; visiting a doctor, changing the medicines; bring variations in your exercise, plan a different diet etc.
Certain foods that you need to avoid in order to control your diabetes. Here is a list;
- Sugar sweetened fruit juices
- Fatty meats
- Full fat dairy
- Processed food
- White flour
- White rice
- Carbonated drinks
Hope you have a less blurry picture of diabetes now!
Rohit Bimbrahw is currently working as the Project Manager at Home HealthCare Shoppe; the medical supply extension of Port Coquitlam’s Wilson Pharmacy. At Home Healthcare Shoppe, we believe that with great health and well being, anyone can live a fun and purposeful life.