Caring for your Type 2 Diabetes – Part 1
Daily routines for caring for your Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic ailment which requires you to live a healthy lifestyle. The disease comes about when the body’s natural ability to produce and utilize insulin and glucose no longer work or no longer work normally. Consequently, one of the effects of this is the amount of glucose (sugar) in the body becomes too high. If the body doesn’t produce enough insulin (which causes the glucose to be used as energy) the sugar levels will be high. When the sugar is not used for energy it causes damage by sticking to the inner walls of the vessels and organs. This can lead to blindness, amputations, heart disease, and many other conditions. It is important that when you have this disease, you get proper information on how to take care of yourself and visit your doctor regularly so that you can be able to manage it better.
- To manage your diabetes, you will need to monitor the amount of glucose in the blood. Your doctor or diabetes educator will help you determine how often you should check you sugar by using your meter at home.
- You can also help manage your diabetes by eating healthy and being physically active. It is advised by the American diabetes association that you exercise at least 5 times a week for at least 30 minutes per day. You should decrease the amount of fat in your diet and add proteins and fibers. You should maintain a healthy weight which your doctor can help you determine. You should also take any medications prescribed by the doctor as directed and on time.
- Another tip to managing your diabetes is to avoid alcohol and other drinks and food that are high in sugar as much as possible. It is important also to eat at the same time each day and try to eat the same number of calories or carbohydrates so that your body can better utilize the glucose.
- Exercises are crucial too as they help lower the amount of blood sugar in the body by using it for energy. They also improve the flow of blood in the body as well as lower blood pressure. When you exercise, body fats burn faster hence you shed off some of the weight. Some of the activities that you can engage in are walks, jogging and light cardio. Exercises are also an excellent way to manage stress that may come as a result of the disease.
- You also need to learn ways of preventing long-term problems that come as a result of suffering from type 2 diabetes. Some of the complications are high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels in the body. There are some medicines that the doctor will give you to either prevent these long-term conditions or improve the conditions if you already have them. These medications help reduce your risk of heart attacks and strokes. You can also help lower your risk of cardiac conditions if you avoid smoking and alcohol.
- Another important tip to managing your diabetes is having proper foot care. Some of the problems that can occur are pain in the feet and legs, sores on the feet and legs and slow healing of injuries to the feet and legs. You should check your feet (between your toes and the bottom) and legs every day to ensure you have not injured them or have a sore. The goal is to prevent further health issues such as amputation.
Please be sure to read our next article with further discusses caring for your Type 2 Diabetes