Healthy Resolutions Every Diabetic Should Follow For A Better Life
It’s never too late!
It does not have to be a new year to start your resolutions, nor do you have to wait for the next new year to get your resolutions in place, especially if you happen to be a diabetic. When you want to start your year of good health depends entirely on you. Follow these tips to control your fluctuating blood sugar levels for healthier life. Image Courtesy: GettyLoading...
Check Blood Sugar Levels Regularly
One of the most crucial aspects of staying healthy with diabetes is maintaining blood sugar level. It indicates how well a person is managing his/her diabetes. Low blood sugar also known as hypoglycaemia or high amounts of blood sugar known as hyperglycaemia are both extremely dangerous. You should keep a glucometer handy to check the blood sugar levels at regular intervals. People with type 1 diabetes should get a 7 point check before and after every meal. Investing in a good glucometer would save the trouble of going to a hospital to get your blood levels tested. Image Courtesy: Getty
Get Your Haemoglobin Checked Twice A Year
Hameoglobin A1c (HbA1c) is a simple blood test which helps in managing diabetes overtime. It measures the average blood sugar levels that tells whether your sugar levels stayed within the required range or not. The HbA1c test is done to know how much glucose gets attached to your red blood cells. The higher the amount of glucose that is attached to the cells, the lesser the amount of oxygen the cells can transport to the body and tissues. People with diabetes should get this test done twice a year. The test is very simple and does not require fasting before getting the test done. Image Courtesy: Getty
Take Your Medications On Time
Another important aspect that is very helpful in controlling diabetes is having your medications at the right time. Why is it so important? Well, you can understand it from a fact that you can’t not take two tablets instead of one if you have missed your previous medication. The medicines are designed to work on a particular enzyme produced in the body at a particular time which is why you don’t need to take more medicines than the prescribed number. Missing a dose during the day can increase the risk of suffering from common complications associated with diabetes like kidney disease, diabetic retinopathy, diabetic dysplidemia and diabetic foot. Write your schedule down to keep a track of your medications. Image Courtesy: Getty
Take Care of Your Kidneys
If you are a diabetic patient, you must have heard about diabetes mellitus. But, in case you haven’t heard about it yet, here is what you should know. Diabetes mellitus happens when your diabetes is not well controlled, causing damage to your kidneys and leading to nephropathy. Another common complication of uncontrolled diabetes is chronic kidney disease in which the kidneys begin to malfunction. However, you can take care of kidneys by eating right and drinking lots of water. Include fiber, potassium and other minerals in your diet to maintain healthy kidneys. Image Courtesy: Getty
Keep Cholesterol Levels in Check
Diabetic patients are more prone to high levels of bad cholesterol and therefore, have more chances of getting heart disease and stroke. High levels of cholesterol lead to a common and dangerous complication of diabetes known as diabetic dyslipidemia which leads to clogging of arteries making you more susceptible to coronary heart disease. You can keep your cholesterol levels in check by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly. You should avoid high fat foods like sweets, deep fried and junk foods. Image Courtesy: Getty
Eating right and monitoring your diet is equally important as what you eat has direct impact on your blood sugar levels and weight. But you need to make sure you eat every 2-3 hours in small quantities instead of having 3 large meals. Include complex carbs like whole wheat, ragi, brown rice and oats, etc in your diet. Eat fibre-rich foods like vegetables and whole grains. Avoid refined cereal products like bread, noodles, polished rice, etc. You don’t have to give up on everything just because you have diabetes but you surely have to make wise choices when it comes to eating. Image Courtesy: Getty
Exercising regularly is as important as monitoring your diet to maintain normal blood sugar levels. When you exercise the happy hormones begin to flow making you happy. It also increases the capacity of the lungs, betters your blood circulation and reduces cholesterol levels. Always check your blood sugar levels before and after exercise. Avoid exercising when your blood sugar levels are too high or too low. Make sure you exercise four to five times in a week to get your blood sugar levels in control. Image Courtesy: Getty
Did you know obesity causes your hormones to go out of sync and cause a decrease in the amount of insulin sensitivity. The fat present around your stomach puts pressure on the stomach and the organs within causing malfunctioning of the pancreas and increases blood pressure. Being obese means you have high cholesterol levels hence you are more prone to heart diseases. You should try to lose weight by exercising and controlling your diet. Say no to junk and fat foods and try eating healthy instead. Image Courtesy: Getty