Keep your head up. GOD gives HIS hardest battles to HIS strongest soldiers.
I believe that every human being is the author of his own health or disease and as for diabetes life is not over once you are diagnosed diabetic but it has started to become more disciplined. So we must better learn to better living with diabetes.
Our body gets glucose from various sources such as read, rice, milk, fruits, potatoes etc. This glucose is metabolized in body to provide the energy requirements of the cells .To use this glucose our body produces insulin, a hormone that maintains the glucose level in the blood. Diabetes is a condition in which, the glucose level in the blood increases.
Living with diabetes is like living with a tiger. If you feed it, groom it, never turn your back on it, you can live with a tiger. But if you neglect it, it will pounce on you and rip you to shreds
There are 2 Types of diabetic conditions .In Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas does not produce any insulin and it is not preventable. It is believed that the body’s immune system destroys the cells that make insulin. While in Type 2 diabetes the pancreas does not produces enough insulin to control the glucose levels in the blood. Find out more on the post – Know if you are diabetic.
The good news is that in both the cases we can live a long and healthy life by keeping our blood glucose level in target range set by our doctor or health care provider. It is advisable for any diabetic person to have a disciplined routine as it can make a lot of deference in maintaining our health. You are an important member in your family and when you have to live your day to day life with diabetes you should take charge of your health.
Here are a few good advice for you in order to personalize your care plan for diabetes.
1. Self monitoring your blood glucose levels – Self monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) is an important component of modern day therapy for diabetes. It usually involves the use of glucometer to perform a number of glucose tests each day or each week. This type of monitoring can be performed by the patient himself according to his comfort and the blood glucose levels can be monitored on a day to day basis. Check with your doctor for the supplies you need. Normally it involves a glucometer and alcohol swabs. On an upgraded level there is the A1C test. The A1C test is a blood test that provides information about a person’s average levels of blood glucose, also called blood sugar, over the past 3 months. This test provide you with a better result as it takes into account a wider range of your eating habits and routine. Now days many pharmaceutical companies have come with an A1C test kits for home use.
2. Eating healthy meals and snacks – Proper meal in proper amount at proper time, this is what keeps the diabetes in check and so it should not just be considered as a part of your medication but it should be a part of your lifestyle. There is a mindful eating and an emotional eating and a diabetic person should be a mindful eater.
- Eat regular meals and spread them evenly throughout the day.
- Eat a diet lower in fat, particularly saturated fat.
- If you are on insulin then you may need to have between meal snacks.
Matching the amount of food you eat with the amount of energy you burn through activity and exercise is important. Putting too much fuel in your body can lead to weight gain. Being overweight or obese can make it difficult to manage your diabetes and can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.
3. Enjoying regular physical activity – Apart from boosting your energy levels, regular exercise can improve blood sugar control by enhancing insulin sensitivity. When your muscles require more energy they are able to pull more glucose from bloodstream to use it for energy. The more we exercise, the longer the positive result of the blood glucose levels will last. Exercising regularly reduces our requirement for insulin and other medication. Physical exercise also improves our blood flow and thus decreases the risk of cardiovascular problems caused due to high blood sugar levels. Being active every day is more beneficial than doing vigorous exercise for a few days.
4. Aiming for healthy body weight – Regular aerobic exercise is the most efficient way to burn calories. These exercises include walking, bicycling, swimming, stair climbing etc. Apart from these regular exercises you should also pump your muscles. The more lean muscle you have, the more calories you will burn all day. Finally getting enough sleep regulates metabolism hormones. Remember that starving yourself to reduce weight will have adverse effect on your health and is not a proper way to burn calories. Yoga is the easiest natural way to lose weight.
5. Managing stress effectively – Stress produces hormones like adrenaline and cortisol in our body. These hormones result in the mobilization of stored energy including glucose and fatty acids in our body. Stress also affects the nerves controlling the pancreas and can also inhibit insulin release. In individuals who do not have diabetes, these energy sources can be quickly utilized. However, in people with diabetes, the lack of insulin or the presence of significant insulin insensitivity causes the newly released glucose to build up in the blood stream. Simple stress management techniques can have a significant impact on long-term blood glucose control and can constitute a useful tool in the management of this common condition. Read the post on – How does exercise makes you fit and a happier person.
Having mentioned about the lifestyle that you need to adopt If you are diabetic, it also becomes necessary to mention about the kind of food that you should be taking if you are a diabetic person .Lets quickly go through the best carbohydrates for diabetes.
- Vegetables that grow above ground such as leafy vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, tomato etc. should be eaten in abundance.
- Vegetables such as carrots, beets, pumpkin, celeriac, turnip that grows at root should be eaten in moderation.
- Fruits like strawberries, blueberries etc. should be taken half a cup per serving.
- Beans and legumes such as lentils, mung beans, northern beans etc. should be eaten in moderation.
- Grains should be avoided for best result.
- Starchy food such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn should be avoided.
I hope you liked the post and gained a useful insight on the life of a diabetic person and the lifestyle he should adapt to conquer diabetes. To know more about diabetes, check my post on – know if you are diabetic.
I request my readers to comment their best diabetes tips for living well with diabetes and taking control of their health.