Diabetes is a major cause of death around the world. According to the International Diabetes Federation, there were 415 million people reported with having diabetes. This means that 1 out of 11 adults suffer from diabetes. In fact, with the changes in lifestyle with respect to the food we eat, the amount of exercise we do and the stress and work-related factors, diabetes is a major cause of concern. Moreover, if you do not control your diabetes, you may experience problems that are associated with diabetes such as high blood pressure, heart problems, stroke and many others. So then how you do control your diabetes? Well, we’ve come across a few tips to manage diabetes. They are as follows.
It is important to be aware of the amount of blood sugar level in your body. The blood sugar numbers are measured in milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). So before meals and when you wake up, your blood sugar number should range between 70-130 mg/dL and 1-2 hours after eating should be 180 mg/dL or below. Anything out of the stipulated range needs doctor’s attention. In the case of a low level of sugar, you must go for the treatment immediately.
Apart from the keeping a watch on your blood sugar level, you must go for a diabetes checkup as per your doctor’s recommendation. The checkups would include:
These checkups would reveal whether your body is in good condition and helps prevent any problems in the future.
You will have to cut down on certain junk food and start eating food that is nutritious for your body. Your doctor or dietician would’ve prepared a chart for you, make sure you follow it. Start consuming more vegetable and fruits. Have more non-starchy vegetables such as spinach, carrots, broccoli or green beans with meals. Avoid eating processed grain food like white bread and instead, consume whole grain food. Try brown rice and whole wheat spaghetti. Fish can be included in your diet along with chicken and turkey but without the skin. When it comes to dairy food, consume low-fat products such as milk, yogurt or cheese. Avoid eating sweet food and drinking sodas as this can worsen your diabetes even further.
Exercise is good for your body and it helps you to cut down if you have excess body weight. You need not have a hard-core workout. A regular walk around your park, playing outdoor sports, riding your bicycle, and aerobic activities are some of the things that you can do. Simple and easy to do exercises for about 30-60 minutes depending on your diabetes level, is sufficient for you to keep your diabetes in control.
If you have the habit of smoking, it is important to stop it as soon as possible. Smoking, even if it is in small amounts, is not good for diabetes patients. Heart and kidney problems, inadequate blood flow to the legs are some of the complications that you may face on account of excessive smoking. Therefore, it is best that you quit smoking.
Apart from following these tips to manage diabetes, make sure you take your medicines as prescribed by your doctor. Your doctor will be the best guide to help you get your diabetes under control. So get in touch with a health care clinic that will give you more information on your diabetes and accordingly work out the treatment for you. It is always better to start the treatment as early as possible and take care of your well-being instead of facing any complications for the same in the future.
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