Properly Managing Your Diabetes
Once diagnosed with any type of diabetes, it becomes more important than ever to make a plan for a daily routine and stick to it. This is not to say that you have to eat the same types of foods every day and you have to follow the same regimen day in and day out. However, it becomes more important than ever to eat properly, get the right amount of exercise, take your medications and test your sugar levels when needed. When there is no management plan in place, it can mean complications, such as organ damage, requiring surgery or hospitalization for the patient.
The hub of managing diabetes comes from managing blood sugar levels and keeping them regulated. By doing this, a diabetic will be able to see how certain foods affect levels as well as the time of day that they eat, if exercising regularly is having the right effect and even if the medication they are taking is the right amount or type. When blood sugar levels are not correct or the patient feels as though their plan is not working for them, the results will give the doctor indication that something may need to be changed. It is a great way to manage the disease.
Managing blood sugar levels is different for patients with Type 1 diabetes than it is for patients with Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetics need to take insulin since the body does not produce enough of it. Insulin is a critical part of Type 1 diabetes management in order to avoid dangerously low drops in levels. Those with Type 2 diabetes generally become insulin resistant over a period of time. The body produces insulin but it is not used the right way. They may be able to take medication that will help their body to use the insulin correctly that is produced and keep things under control.
When it comes to managing the diet, paying close attention to the glycemic index of the foods that are eaten can be critical. Blood sugar can rise when foods that have a higher glycemic index are eaten. These foods include white pastas and breads, anything that has refined carbohydrates, and of course, sugar. Foods that are whole grains have the lowest glycemic index; even lower than that of high-protein foods. By learning how to portion out the foods that are eaten and getting the right balance, managing blood sugar levels can be much easier.
Of course, you cannot leave out the benefits of regular exercise as well. One of the biggest contributors to Type 2 diabetes is obesity, and simply dropping a few pounds and getting regular daily exercise can make a world of difference for a diabetic. However, it is important to form a daily routine with a doctor in order to keep from overdoing it. When a diabetic patient gets the right amount of exercise, it can help to manage diabetes, promote an overall healthier lifestyle and add years to the patient’s life.