Educating yourself on the subject of diabetes should be your number-one priority if you have been diagnosed with the disease. Before you can properly treat it, you need to know exactly what you’re dealing with. Here are a collection of tips you can use to assist in the fight against diabetes.
Skip the french fries and ditch the baked potato – it’s time to replace your carb-heavy side dishes with something that’s actually GOOD for a Diabetic. Salad! I’m not talking potato or pasta salad, they’re both carbohydrate disaster areas. Pick up some lettuce, shred some vegetables, throw on some tomato wedges and a nice light oil and vinegar dressing and dig in!
Diabetics should work exercise into their daily routine, so think about what you’re doing right now and how you could be doing more. Maybe it’s putting a pile of books under your desk and stepping your feet up and down them. How about getting up and chasing the dog around the house for 10 minutes? Every bit helps!
It’s okay to reuse lancets on your blood glucose monitor, or syringes when you inject yourself with insulin. As long as you’re not sharing then there is next to no real danger in reusing either, so change them when they begin to hurt you, or at least once a month.
An easy way to reduce your risk of contracting diabetes is to get up and get active. People who take an hour long brisk walk daily will reduce their risk of contracting diabetes by over 35%. Even when you cannot walk for an hour a day, do what you can to get moving like take the stairs instead of the elevator, park at the furthest parking spot at the grocery store, or take two or three trips in carrying in the groceries.
A diet too high in protein can actually be harmful to diabetics. Some people think more protein is good, but studies have shown that too much animal protein can cause insulin-resistance, a factor in diabetes. Try to include proper amounts of protein, vegetables and carbohydrates to keep your diet healthy and well-balanced.
Choosing the right blood glucose monitor is an investment in your health, and as such, you should avoid using price as the deciding factor in your purchase. If you are tech-savvy, you might do well with a monitor that has online tracking capabilities and storage functions. If you have dexterity problems, look for monitors with easy-to-handle strips and operation.
When eating healthy for a Diabetic diet, compare the items various stores sell and see who has the best prices on specific items. I like to keep a spreadsheet on my phone which shows each item I buy regularly, and which store I can get it at the best price so I can stock up when I go to that store.
After reading these tips, you now have a powerful tool at your disposal — information. What’s important now is that you use this tool to build a strong defense against diabetes. This disease might not seem very serious now, but a failure to manage it properly can be devastating. Don’t find out the hard way; use what you’ve learned here and work to stay healthy.