Tips for Managing Your Diabetes
Small changes that you can make in your everyday lifestyle can make a big difference in how you manage your diabetes. Walking outdoors without your socks and shoes can be dangerous when you have diabetes. It seems as though injury is right around the corner with every step that you take. By putting your shoes and a pair of socks by the front door it can take away the temptation of going outside without them.
Keeping an eye on your body is one of the most important things that you can do. Infection is something that you need to watch for, and one of the easiest ways to do this is found each day when you are getting out of the shower. It is the perfect time to check for any spots that could be dry, red, or irritated. You should also check out places that may be sore to see if you have any cuts or open wounds. It is important and crucial to treat these right away. Be sure to check every part of your body, especially those where you sweat a lot, such as your underarms and between your toes. If you find a spot that even looks questionable, be sure to treat it immediately.
When you are planning a day on the go you should be prepared for anything. This includes keeping your blood sugar at an acceptable level so you do not experience hypoglycemia. Taking small snack packs with you is a way of preventing this from happening. You can even carry some glucose tablets or gels with you while you are on the go. If you prefer something sweet, fill a snack-size baggie with some of your favorite hard candy. This way, if for some reason you skip a meal or you overdid it with your medication, you can even things out.
Your doctor will put you on a regimen to determine the amount of times that you need to check your blood sugar level in a day. Without question, you will need to check it
in the morning when you first wake up. If this is new for you, or you feel as though you may forget or you have forgotten in the past, set your test kit right next to your bed before you go to sleep. This way, when you wake up in the morning it will be one of the first things that you see, and give you the reminder that you need to take your test.
Making a list of the types of foods that you should be eating and keeping it somewhere that you will see it is also a great idea. Perhaps you could display it on the refrigerator, or maybe on a cabinet above the sink is a good place for you. Drinking plenty of water is also essential, as is exercise. However, when you are making the effort to exercise, do so in intervals. Not only will this help to keep you in shape, but the exercise will also help you to maintain control over your blood sugar.
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