Managing Your Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that affects more than 29 million Americans throughout the United States. In fact, studies have shown that one out of every four people with diabetes do not know they have the disease. In addition to that, roughly 86 million Americans have what is known as prediabetes. 

Diabetes is considered a serious condition and when left untreated, it can lead to death. Those who have the disease will need to eat a specific diet designed to control their blood sugar, exercise, and sometimes take insulin. 

If you or someone you love has diabetes, it is important that you are taking the necessary steps to ensure that the disease is managed every day. 

1. One of the first things that you should do is pack a medical supply bag. This bag should contain all of the equipment you need to ensure that your diabetes is managed. For instance, if you need to take insulin, you should make sure you have a refrigerated pack with the needed dose of insulin in it. In addition, you should keep a blood and glucose monitor, test strips, and other necessary supplies on hand at all times. 

2. Next, if you plan to manage your diabetes effectively, you will need to monitor your eating and drinking habits. There are certain foods and drinks that you should avoid consuming as they may cause a rise or drop in your blood sugar levels. 

It is important that you are watching what you put into your body and then testing after you consume food or liquids to keep a close eye on your blood sugar.

3. To ensure that you remain healthy, you should exercise daily. Whether you go for a run or a walk, your body needs the exercise to help regulate your blood levels. If you find that you have a hard time getting out to run or walk because you do not like the activity, choose something you like to do such as cycling, swimming, or anything that gets your heart beating.  

Check In with Your Doctor Regularly

Managing your diabetes does not have to be difficult if you know what you should eat and when you should take your medication. If you have trouble remembering your medication, try a medication management system that helps remind you when you need to check your blood levels or when it inject yourself with insulin. If you find that you are still having trouble, speak with your healthcare provider who can help you come up with a better action plan.