Caring for your health is an important part of living with diabetes. It can seem overwhelming and a burden to fit diabetes control into your schedule. It is important to take your medicine at the same time each day, exercise, and check on your feet. What can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and enable you to live with your diabetes? Here are a few ways to help.
The most important item on this list is to check your blood glucose levels. This is the way to prevent complications from diabetes and stay healthy. The levels should be below 120 mg/dl before meals, and 180 mg/dl after meals.
Take your medications as prescribed by your doctor. They should be taken as ordered and at the same time each day. These medications should be taken close to your regular meal times.
Drink at least 64 ounces of water each day. Any decaffeinated beverage can be counted as part of your water intake. Be careful of how much alcohol and caffeine you take in during the day.
Make sure your diet includes carbohydrates, fats (good fats), and lean protein. Eat plenty of fresh vegetables. A healthy diet will also reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and other serious diseases.
You should include a multivitamin in your healthy living plan. It is important that the vitamin includes antioxidants, betacarotenoids, zinc, and selenium.
Take care of your feet if you have diabetes. This doesn’t sound like a big problem, but it can be if you have sores on your feet and they become infected. Check your feet carefully after a bath, or before you go to bed. Use a mirror to check the soles of your feet. Wash and dry them carefully, especially dry between the toes thoroughly. If you use lotion on your feet, do not use lotion between your toes. You will need to see a doctor if you have a sore that doesn’t begin healing in a couple of days. Wear shoes and socks that are the right size for protection of your feet.
Brush and floss your teeth to help avoid gum disease. Gum disease is often associated with diabetic patients. High cholesterol and cardiovascular disease are also linked to gum disease.
Be sure to sleep the necessary hours for your body. It has been proved that lack of sleep can contribute to Type 2 diabetes. The recommendation is to sleep between seven to eight hours a night. Keeping regular hours will help as well. Go to bed an nearly the same time each night, and get up at a regular time each morning.
Exercise. Exercise. EXERCISE. Get your body moving, it will help you deal with stress, reduce your blood glucose levels, benefits your heart, lowers cholesterol and will aid in elevating your mood. Take a walk, play a round of golf, march in place during commercials. Even walking slow is a benefit. Some exercise is better than no exercise at all. Get up, get moving, and get healthy!