7 Things that Influence Your Diabetes
I know you may be tired of hearing the same old advice from everyone but if it helps, keep in mind that it is just advice. In the end, you are the one that is going to either follow it or not. So here is some more advice that you can decide to follow. There are always new ways in which you can improve your health. I encourage you to just think about the information and take what you want. Since everyone is different some information may not pertain to you. Any information that you take, make sure you do not forget to share it with your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider should always be in the loop when it comes to making sure you are being healthy and happy. These things can help you on your journey to better yourself throughout your life. So, here are seven things that may benefit you if you are a person living with diabetes.
#1 Healthy Eating
Just imagine a world where you eat whatever you want and your body remains unaffected. Now, just throw that completely out the window because that does not exist. No matter if you are trying to lose, maintain or gain weight, you will have to eat food. The amount and kind of food depends on whether you are trying to lose, maintain or gain weight. This is especially true for people that are living with diabetes. Therefore, paying attention to what you put into your body is important in managing your diabetes. Your eating habits can affect your blood glucose levels for better or for worse. This just means that you will have to pay closer attention to your food choices than others, but this doesn’t mean you have to limit your choices. It is just knowing what will affect your blood glucose levels when choosing your meal, snack, or beverage. If you are having trouble with the nutrition aspect of your life, it is best to contact a Registered Dietitian. These are healthcare professionals that deal with nutrition specifically.
#2 Being Active
I know you probably had a heart attack when you saw “Be Active” but just relax. This does not mean you have to start training for a half marathon, joining a cross fit gym or anything. It simply means that you should start incorporating some type of physical activity into your life. This can be as simple as walking around your neighborhood for 30 minutes to weight training at your local gym. Just by being active in some form in your daily life, you can help to maintain a normal level of blood glucose. It even offers other health benefits such as reducing high blood pressure, improving mood, anxiety and even stress. Being active has health benefits that can be seen in many areas of your life. The first step in being active is finding activities that you enjoy participating in. If you enjoy what you are doing it makes the activity more fun for you instead of feeling like it is a chore you are obligated to do.
I have to say it– check your blood glucose levels regularly. It is an important part of diabetes management. This seems like it shouldn’t be said but sometimes you just need a little reminder to make sure you are doing great. By being able to always know about your blood glucose levels you can better manage choosing healthy food options, you activity level and/or medication adjustments. This can be time-consuming sometimes but it must be done to maintain a healthy life. A piece of advice would be to find ways to make it easier for you to incorporate the monitoring of the disease into your life. For example, look at other products on the market or apps on your phone that can help keep all your information in one spot. This will not only make it easier for you to update and input data, but also keep your healthcare professional in the loop with all complete and accurate data.
#4 Following Your Treatment
Here is another friendly reminder to follow your medication routine that your healthcare provider has set for you. I already know you follow it but maybe there was one day where everything did not go as planned and maybe you forgot. I mean it happens to the best of us. There are a couple of benefits that come with taking your medications. For one, it helps you maintain good blood glucose levels. Second, the risk of other health issues is reduced. Lastly, it can just make you feel your very best. If you feel like your medication regime is too difficult or you are not feeling your best, talk to your provider. Your healthcare professional will be more than willing to help you find medications that will make you feel good and in control of your life. The result of talking to your healthcare professional can lead to different medications being used instead. Do not stop medication without consulting with your provider first as this can lead to more serious issues to occur within your body. Don’t be afraid to talk to your healthcare provider because it is your body.
#5 Learning Problem Solving
There is always something that happens in your life that you were not prepared for or never saw coming, and that happens to everyone. You can never be fully prepared to deal with what can happen in life but you can be ready to deal with it by having a plan. Having a plan or strategy to deal with problems that can occur in everyday life will help you get through it better and sometimes faster. Being able to know the solution or even part of the solution helps to get out of the situation both happier and healthier. Thus, by learning problem-solving skills, you can be in control of your problem without letting it take control.
#6 Reducing Your Risk
When you are living with diabetes you are at a higher risk of developing other health conditions. These can be things such as heart disease, stroke, or diabetes-related complications. So, by not managing your diabetes with the utmost care, you put yourself at risk. By understanding the risks that can occur with having diabetes, you can help to reduce your chances of developing other health problems. You do not need to be perfect with managing your diabetes because life sometimes gets in the way but you do need to be on top of your care in order to reduce your risk.
#7 Good Coping Strategies
So much that happens on a day-to-day basis, that sometimes the management of your diabetes can be an extra stressor in life. It is natural to have mixed feelings and to feel overwhelmed sometimes. An important step towards feeling better is to actually recognize and address the situation instead of just ignoring it. This can help to reduce the negative impact that life hands us sometimes. Being able to know when you need time to regroup can make managing your diabetes more of a sustainable solution in your everyday life. If you feel like these feelings and emotions are more than you can control, think about talking to someone. This can be friends, family, or even health professionals. You make the decision as to which person will understand you the best and have ways to deal with the highs and lows of diabetes management. Having a coping strategy can help you to overcome the same issue that may occur again in a better, healthier way.
You only have this one body and having diabetes doesn’t have to stop you in any way from doing things you enjoy. It is just something that you have to account for in your life. So continue to do the things in life that make you happy and fulfilled. Living with diabetes should not define who you are.
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