Managing Diabetes in 10 Minutes

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Nov 03, 2011

Managing Diabetes in 10 Minutes

Looking to control diabetes within 10 minutes? Follow the tips given below for controlling your complications instantly.


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Keep your shoes near the door


This is because you do not want to be barefoot. Having your shoes near the door would always remind you about it when you wish to go out.


Check your body for signs


You can do this before or after taking a shower. Inspect your body for signs of dry, sore or red spots, especially at the spots where moisture can hide. Some common areas are the armpits, under your breasts, between the legs and toes. Look at your feet with special attention. Use mirror to look at each and every area.


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Quick test


Keep your glucose monitor near the alarm clock to remind you to check your blood sugar first thing after waking up in the morning. Your doctor would have advised about how often you need to check your blood sugar level. For most people, it is between 70 and 130 mg/dL. After a meal, it could be around but less than 180 mg/dL.


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Keep sweets handy


Always keep some glucose tablets or pieces of sugary candies with you. This is important because if your blood sugar drops below 70 mg/dL, you can feel dizzy, hungry or uncomfortable. Managing your diabetic condition at times makes you prone to let your BP fall below the normal level.


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Foods with low glycemic index


These are foods that do not make your blood sugar level rise. The American Diabetes Association has a list of 10 foods that do not cause a hike in BP level. Take a print out of the list and keep them in mind whenever you go shopping.


Drink water often


Your body loses a lot of fluid in the diabetic condition. You need to replenish the lost fluids by drinking water often. It would keep your skin moisturised and healthy, besides keeping you energised.


Exercise regularly


You should aim for a 30 minute daily workout broken into 3 schedules. Each of these should last for 10 minutes. The ideal exercise regime is to perform strength training in the morning, brisk walk kind of exercise after lunch, and leisurely walk in the garden in the evening. The combined exercises of strength and cardio are very useful in keeping your blood sugar under control. You also reduce your risk of heart disease.


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