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8 Things Every Diabetic Should Know

Diabetes is a disease that causes high blood sugar. It is a lifelong disease that can be controlled. Diabetes often occurs along with high blood pressure and high cholesterol. There are certain things every diabetic should know about in order to prevent complications in a long term and improve the quality of life.

Healthy eating, regular exercise, managing your stress and checking blood sugar help with diabetes control. Medicine may be needed to treat type 2 diabetes. Here in this article are few things that every diabetic should learn and understand.

  • Know Your Numbers : Diabetes is a condition with a lot of different numbers to understand and keep track of, and they’re important: A1c, BMI, blood pressure, cholesterol, kidney function.
  • Monitor Blood Sugar : The optimal frequency of testing differs from person to person, but nearly everyone does better if they understand the effect of exercise, or certain foods, and of changes in medicine dosage (particularly insulin).
  • See An Eye Specialist : Fortunately, eye problems do not affect many people with diabetes, but when these occur, they can be very bothersome, and there are now extremely effective ways of preventing and of treating most of them.
  • See A Dentist : Common dental problems can have important effects on diabetes, and most people with diabetes should have at least two dental examination every year.
  • Look At Your Feet Everyday : Diabetes can reduce nerve function, so you might not feel cuts or bruises that would normally cause pain. Check the bottoms of your feet, rub skin cream of them at night, make sure to have shoes that fit properly, and ask your doctor to look at your feet at every visit.
  • Exercise : Exercise should be a part of the way you treat your diabetes every day! There are now steps counter apps available for most smartphones that will help you to understand how much you’re doing. This is a very healthful way of managing your diabetes.
  • Know What You Eat : Pay attention to what you’re eating. Keep a food log. Count carbs. Portion control is important, as is avoiding foods that are high in sugar.
  • Talk To Your Doctor : Make a list of things that concern you and discuss them with your doctor at your next appointment. if you feel stressed, anxious, angry, or depressed, be sure to share those feelings with your doctor.

The goal of treatment is to keep blood sugar at normal or near-normal levels. This reduces the risk of complications associated with diabetes. A normal fasting blood sugar is less than 100 mg/dl. Along with testing blood glucose levels, control can also be estimated using a blood test called A1c. The A1c blood test measures the average blood sugar level during the prior two to three months.

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    • Thank you Shivali. I am glad you liked it. Here are some astonishing facts for you. As obesity and overweight rates have skyrocketed in the US and other Western countries, diabetes rates have also risen. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) refers to diabetes and obesity as the “twin epidemics.”

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    • Thank you. I am glad you found them useful. In both types of diabetes, your blood sugar or blood glucose is too high. Blood sugar comes from the food you eat. In order for this energy to fuel your cells, you need a hormone made in the pancreas, called insulin, while a second hormone, glucagon, works with the insulin to control the level of blood glucose.

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    • Thank you Adnan. I am glad you found my post useful. The most common diabetes symptoms include sores taking way too long to heal, feeling hungry or thirsty more often, feeling the need to urinate more, experiencing fatigue, unexplained weight loss, and blurred vision. However, symptoms in type 2 diabetes go unnoticed as it takes years for it to develop. Thank you for stopping by my blog today.

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    • Thank you. I am glad you liked it. Helping someone take care of her diabetes doesn’t just make her feel better. It helps her avoid common diet, foot, and mouth problems. You are doing a wonderful job. Take care.

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  1. Useful! What tips do/would you suggest for T1D? I have a T1 teen whose sugars have been up and down because he’s also hitting puberty, and maintaining lower sugars has become a bit of a struggle for us, his doc did warn us about insulin resistance with puberty, but we’re trying to avoid having to give so much insulin to correct. Doctor agrees we shouldn’t over-supplement, but it’s just a bit difficult to control at times without it.

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    • The goal is to manage diabetes around your child’s life, not the other way around. Despite what you may have heard, people with type 1 can eat what they want. Sweets are fine, but they need to be tracked. It’s not about restricting, it’s about counting. Ditto with sports. Kids can play they just need to check blood sugar levels before and after. Bring snacks along at all times, just in case. It’s a good way to help keep ranges normal.And with the exception of check-ups, kids with type 1 don’t miss school more often than other kids.

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