Diabetes control starts with a visit to your doctor. first, finding out you have diabetes, what type you have then arming yourself with as much information as possible about the diabetes you are diagnosed with. Proper management requires a complete lifestyle change and frequent, sometimes multi-daily checks of glucose in the blood.
You never really know what to expect in life. Just when things are seemingly going well, something like diabetes can come along and derail everything. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, learn how to manage your lifestyle and the disease by reading these tips below and applying them where necessary.
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1- If you need to sweeten your tea or coffee, but you have Diabetes, try using more natural sweeteners like honey or a sweetener and sugar substitute. These sweetener and sugar substitute can be found at many grocery stores today and is a plant extract, which is very sweet. It can even be found in a powdered form which mimics real sugar.
2- If you're looking for a salty snack but your diabetes is holding you back, look no further than a jar of olives! They're a fruit, tasty, healthy, and fun to eat. You can cut them up and put them in salads, or even on a sandwich! I love to make a homemade submarine sandwich and sprinkle some on top. YUM!
3- If you want to eat healthier to help overcome your Diabetes, but you just can't stomach fish without some pops of flavor on it, try capers! They're like olives in their flavor, but smaller and zestier. You can sprinkle them on any type of fish, I like to also add some slices of Spanish onion, and they take the place of sauce.
4- Birthday parties can be a nightmare for the parents of a diabetic child, but they don't have to be as long as you communicate with the hosts of the party. Let them know as far in the future as possible about your child's illness, and offer to send food with them so they don't have to come up with alternatives themselves. Send enough for everyone at the party and they won't feel like they're different!
5- To avoid developing a life-threatening infection, avoid going barefoot outdoors. People with diabetes are much more susceptible to developing infections from minor injuries and simply cutting your foot on a piece of glass could become a major ordeal. Instead, try wearing lightweight, waterproof shoes when you're going outside in warm weather.
6- It is important that you know how to use your insulin pump. Many people do not get the proper amount of insulin because they are not using their pump correctly. If you do not know what you are doing, do not feel ashamed to ask your doctor or another health professional, for help.
7- Just like you're able to buy generic diabetic prescriptions and stay healthy, generic food items can be just as good as their brand name counterparts. Saving money is important to everyone, especially when you're on a relatively strict diet. If you're going to buy the generic brand, compare the ingredient list and nutrition data to the brand name to make sure you're getting the same quality.
8- Get educated about your condition. The more information you have about diabetes, the better you are equipped to handle it. By educating yourself more, you can in turn educate others including family members and friends. They may not be sure how to handle diabetes and aren't sure about how they may be able to help you one day.
9- If you find yourself yawning more frequently than usual at a time of day in which you are ordinarily high-energy, low blood glucose levels may be the culprit. Take your blood sugar measurements to confirm whether or not this is the case; over time you should be able to identify your body's standard responses to changes in glucose levels.
What you've just learned from the tips above is that diabetes can be controlled with the right information and the right amount of effort on your part. Now that you've learned more about the disease and what you can do to control it, the next logical step is to apply the information and formulate a plan of action.