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Living with Diabetes: Helpful Advice and Tips

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Diabetes is a devastating and very serious illness. To live longer and happier lives, people need to be educated about the disease and how to retain their health. The article below is filled with powerful information to help diabetics stay healthy.

Call your doctor right away if you notice any changes in your vision as a diabetic. Diabetes can cause various eye problems, such as cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. You must attend to these problems right away to avoid possible vision loss and/or blindness. As a diabetic, your main duty is to regularly see a medical provider or doctor. There is no cure for diabetes. You must constantly monitor your disease and how your treatment is helping (or not) to ensure that your health doesn't suffer. By taking measures to manage your diabetes before it gets out of hand, you will be able to live without the constant interference of diabetes.

If your child is found to have diabetes, you may feel overwhelmed; however, taking it a day at a time will get you through. Your child can still live a normal life since diabetes treatments have come a long way. The oldest diabetic is 90 years old. He was living before all the medical knowledge we currently have. Understanding your condition will help you to live a fulfilling life despite diabetes. The more diabetes sufferers learn about their condition, the better they can take care of their health. Information and continuous learning give a diabetic power to responsibly take steps toward staying as healthy as possible. Diabetics have a tendency to develop many problems with their feet. Take good care of the feet, because if you are careless, complications can arise. Doing these things can keep your feet in tip-top shape even if you suffer from diabetes. Even a small increase in elevation ups the risk.

Few people actually can get normal A1C levels. You should shoot for a maximum of 7 percent A1C. This translates into about 150mg/dl average glucose. Always keep in mind the reasons why you have to take care of yourself and your diabetes. Think about what keeps you from doing the things you love, and how you can change that. Keep yourself focused on the things that are important to you and allow them to motivate you in your management.

If you suffer from hypoglycemia, it is important that you carry gum or another sugary food with you at all times. The effects of hypoglycemia can be much more dangerous than those of hyperglycemia, and it can rear its ugly head at any time. This is especially true if you have not eaten breakfast, as your body is craving sugar. Adapt the recipes for the foods you like instead of thinking you can no longer eat them at all. The difficult thing related to a diagnosis of diabetes is the way it restricts your diet. Diabetics sometimes believe that they must totally give up the foods they love. Some people will eat what they like in even if it is not a good decision. The best option is to take a good look at your favorite foods and figure out how to make adjustments. Oftentimes, the forbidden ingredients can be replaced with acceptable options, making a meal healthy for diabetics, as well as anyone else.

Pregnant women should remain in contact with their doctor to facilitate early detection or prevention of gestational diabetes. If you do not take control of gestational diabetes, then you risk your own health and also the health of your baby. Your doctor will be able to tell you what you should eat and perhaps give you some medications. Don't use urine ketone body tests exclusively as a means of testing your blood sugar. If you have a high ketone level it will only show that blood glucose is higher than 200 mg per deciliter. Readings should be recorded to find patterns and to give your physician an accurate report.

If you have diabetes and you smoke, try to stop smoking. Smoke is terrible for everyone, but it's worse for diabetics as it could dangerously raise blood sugar. If you are struggling with quitting, talk to your doctor about some methods that might help you more. If diabetes is a condition you have, cinnamon is a wonderful spice that you can use in your diet with inviting calories, sodium or sugar in. Cinnamon naturally brings out the sweetness in food, and it doesn't add any sugar in the process. There is no consensus on whether cinnamon really lowers blood sugar, but it remains an ideal spice to put in a variety of dishes. Include vinegar with your meals. There is some evidence to suggest that adding a little vinegar to a meal can prevent blood sugar spikes associated with eating. Vinegar helps you slow down your digestion process and keep your food longer in your stomach.

Seek out new ways to keep your favorite dishes but have them healthier. Rest assured that you won't have to avoid all of your favorite foods just because you suffer from diabetes. Just look for ways to make these foods better for you. There are a wealth of cookbooks and websites with delicious recipes for those who suffer from diabetes. As a diabetic, rather than eating three meals a day, consider eating five to six lighter meals. Eating small but frequent meals over the course of the day helps to maintain your blood sugar at a steady level. Another positive of eating frequently is you will be less likely to overeat because you will feel satisfied.

There are always horror stories that contain a grandmother who has lost a leg or someone's brother who had vision loss due to diabetes. Yes, things like this can happen, but the majority of the time they don't. Understand that even though one may have been diagnosed with diabetes, a long and fulfilling life is likely to still be ahead. As previously discussed, diabetes is a serious disease that needs to be properly treated. Education about self-care is absolutely essential for diabetics. Diabetics and caregivers should look for ways to use the information from this article to ensure continued safety and health.


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