Don't Be The Disease: Managing Your Diabetes
One of the only good points of having diabetes is that even the worst particular type of this disease is treatable and not necessarily life-threatening. But you are still in charge of treating this disease and taking control of your life. If you need help or advice on some day-to-day things, check out this article.
Peanut butter is an excellent way to satisfy a craving for something sweet when you're diabetic. It contains healthy fats and is relatively low in sugar, so grab a spoon and dig in. Lick it like a lollipop and it will outlast any craving you have. Be careful if you put it on crackers or bread because you will need to include those carbohydrates in your daily counts.
When looking for a substitute for something sweet, make it yourself! For example, if you don't want to eat sugary store bought relish since it will spike your blood sugar and set your diabetes off, then make your own by chopping up dill pickles. Need a replacement for ketchup? Try mixing pureed tomatoes and honey.
If you are diabetic and sick with a stomach infection or diarrhea, call your doctor right away for advice on whether you should continue with your medications or not. For example, some diabetics have been advised to not be taking Metformin if they have any sort of gastrointestinal upset as it could cause more harm than good.
If you're Diabetic, you must quit smoking. End of story, period, that's that. You cannot have any bad habits while your body is already having these types of problems or else any treatment you're receiving will be sabotaged. It's time to make a choice - do you want to live a long, healthy life, or smoke?
A dip in blood sugar is NOT an excuse to raid your fridge for goodies. Pick up some glucose tablets or small candies and take ONE OR TWO until your blood sugar is back in line. Eating a slice of cake will just make your blood sugar skyrocket, leading to a need for medication and weight gain.
Keep track of your Diabetic supplies and make sure you always have a backup. Obviously, keeping a huge stock of insulin isn't feasible as it has an expiry date, but lancets and test strips don't! Keep enough insulin on hand so that you know you'll use it in time, but you also will never be left without it.
You can find the most common Diabetic supplies and medications available at some grocery stores for a significant discount. This can help you keep your medical bills in check, leading you to be more likely to take your medications as instructed. Feel free to reuse your syringes a few times, that will also save you money.
Eat a well-balanced diet. Since there is no official diabetes diet, it's important that you handle your condition by eating a healthy diet that is high in fruits, vegetables and lean meats and low in fat, sugar and simple carbohydrates. If you eat everything in moderation and are controlling your diabetes through medication, you should have fairly stable blood glucose levels.
You can reduce your risk of diabetes by losing weight. The more overweight someone is, the more likely they are to develop type 2 diabetes. If you are someone who is at risk, make sure to change to a healthier diet and start exercising more so that you can prevent this disease.