When you first found you had Type 2 diabetes, you probably experienced a wave of emotions; concern, fear or confusion. Despite the fact this is a serious condition, the good news there is much you can do to stay healthy and improve your quality of life.
Having diabetes is definitely not an easy thing for anyone. Managing it on a day-to-day basis can be quite difficult, especially when you factor in all the dietary challenges that can come along with it. If you're on medication or have any complications associated with diabetes, it can be kind of difficult to figure out a way to manage your day-to-day life while working and handling other obligations.
Here are five quick tips to help you manage your diabetes more effectively on a day-to-day basis:
1. Keep a pair of shoes by the door: We all know that one of the scariest complications associated with diabetes is neuropathy that affects the delicate nerve endings that extends to your legs and feet. Because a diabetic can easily get a cut and not feel it due to nerve damage, bacterial infections are a real risk factor. There is no good reason to go outside barefoot when you're diabetic. You should keep a pair of slippers or shoes by the door so that you have no temptations to step outside of your home with no shoes on.
2. Look over your body: Every day, as you dry off from your shower or change your clothes, you should inspect your body from your toes to your head. Look for any sores or dry spots. If you have cuts or any other places where bacteria can infiltrate your body, these are things to keep an eye on. You may want to invest in a full-length body mirror so that you can see yourself easily.
3. Take snack packs: Diabetics are naturally prone to blood sugar swings, so it makes sense to keep pre-made snack packs with you; snacks that you can throw into your purse or in your car. This might include just a few pieces of hard candy. If you get hypoglycemic, you are likely to feel dizzy, shaky and hungry. Skipping a meal or exercising too hard can lead to quick blood sugar dips, so always have snacks handy.
4. Blood sugar check: Always check your blood sugar first thing in the morning and before bed. As a reminder, simply lay your glucose monitor on your nightstand so it's the first thing you see when you wake up and the last thing you see when you go to bed.
5. Drink your water: Having high blood sugar can cause your body to lose fluid quickly. It can also cause dryness in your skin which can become itchy and crack. These things can lead to infection. Drinking plenty of water will help keep your skin to stay moisturised.
Diabetes is definitely not an easy illness to deal with, but these five things can help you manage your life effectively.
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