Diabetes can take a heavy toll on your life, especially if the blood sugar levels are not maintained within a strict limit. Since there is no cure for this serious condition, it has to be dealt with for life. In order to avoid the life-threatening complications of this disease, here are 10 things you have to take care of quite vigilantly.
- Look After Yourself
There is only a certain limit to which your doctor and family members can help you. If you want to lead a healthy life despite diabetes, you have to take yourself by the collar. Learn how to measure blood sugar levels at home. Start maintaining your body weight. Watch every morsel that you put in your mouth. Only by adopting a pro-active approach can you manage your condition.
- Stop Smoking
Diabetes is a chronic condition in which the chances of complications increase manifold if you are a smoker. Smoking causes changes in the blood vessels which can lead to compromise of blood flow to the skin and limbs and can result in skin ulcers formation and even amputation of limbs. Besides, smoking increases the odds of heart, kidney, eye and nervous problems, which can be avoided through smoking cessation.
- Keep An Eye On Your Blood Pressure
Diabetes is one of the most common risk factors for hypertension (increased blood pressure). In order to avoid heart problems, it is imperative to have to your blood pressure checked regularly. If you have high blood pressure, avoid salt-loaded foods and alcoholic beverages, exercise regularly and cut back on caffeine consumption.
- Watch Your Diet
After consultation with the endocrinologist to determine the status of your disease, make an appointment with a registered dietician to come up with a plan for the management of diabetes. However imposing it may sound, most of the people do not have to make huge changes in their diet. Limiting the amount of carbohydrate-containing foods, consuming healthy fats and eating less sodium help achieve the target sugar levels.
- Kick Into Action
After diagnosis, you need to make a physical activity plan in order to avoid the complications of diabetes. An ideal plan should include aerobic or cardiovascular exercises, resistance training and stretching in order to enhance the sensitivity of the cells to insulin.
- Keep Your Supplies Close By
Whether you are travelling or are at home, keep your medicines, glucometer and insulin (if you take it) handy. Be mindful of storing them at a cold place away from light so that their efficacy is not affected.
- Look Out For Hypoglycemia
Low blood sugar levels can strike at any time especially when your level of physical activity is high, while travelling, for instance. Always keep glucose tablets or candies with you for times like these.
- Let Others Know You of Condition
Letting people around you about your disease can turn out to be more advantageous than embarrassing since it can help others provide you with prompt treatment should a situation arise. This is especially true while travelling. Knowing about your disease, people are bound to be more careful around you, avoiding putting sugar in your tea, for instance.
- Be Vigilant
Some of the patients loosen the control once they attain the targeted sugar levels thinking that the disease has been contained. Diabetes is a progressive disease and any laxity in the diabetes care plan can prove to be quite damaging. It is imperative not to ignore your condition and to keep a vigilant eye on the blood sugar.
- Reach Out
Seek diabetes support groups in your area since diabetes is a disease that takes a great emotional and psychological toll on the patient. Support groups help knowing that others are going through the same struggle as you.