Diabetes is a condition many have to learn how to deal with and manage. It isn’t a fun condition. But it is a condition that isn’t going to go away anytime soon. Once you get that into your head, you have begun the first step in managing it. How else can you manage it?
Start by learning what you can about it. Learn the difference between type 1 and 2. Know which type you have.
Change your yearly routine checkup into at least a bi-yearly routine checkup. Make sure your doctor keeps track of such vital things as: your weight, your blood pressure, and checks your feet. At least once a year also make sure you get a cholesterol and triglyceride test. While you are at it add these things to your once yearly to do this: a dilated eye exam, a dental exam, a flu shot, an urine and blood test. Four times a year, make sure you get an A1C test. The A1C test will show how your glucose has been for the past three months.
You should also do the following:
Come up with a healthy meal plan. Your health care provider should be able to help you with this.
Add exercise to your daily routine. If you can add 30 to 60 minutes of daily activity to your regimen you will be doing a great favor to your body.
Learn how to manage stress.
Quit smoking, if you do smoke.
Be diligent about taking your medications every day, as you should.
Make checking your feet everyday a habit. If you notice a sore and notice that it doesn’t seem to be healing as quickly as it should, call your doctor or make an appointment with him/her.
Be diligent about brushing and flossing your teeth.
Check your glucose levels, as least once a day. If you are having problems with your blood pressure, you may want to check this daily as well, too (especially if your doctor advised you to do so).
If you notice any changes in your eyesight, tell your doctor. You may also want to make an eye appointment. Once you make an eye appointment, be sure that the optometrist knows that you are diabetic.
You and only you can manage your diabetes. You can lead a healthy and happy life with diabetes. But to do so, you must manage your diabetes and you must be diligent about doing so.
Note: The writer of the above article is not a physician. Therefore the article should not be considered medical advice. The article is not meant to treat, diagnose, prescribe or cure any ailment. Always check with your physician before taking any products or following any advice you read online.