Diabetes Treatment

Usual cure

Diabetes is a serious disease and should not be ignored. If you have it, correct treatment can help you live a long and healthy life.

The best way to take care of your diabetes is to make sure the levels or amount of sugar in your blood are near the normal range. This will make you feel better and help you stay healthy. Your doctor will tell you how often to check your blood sugar level. To do this you will need to take a drop of your blood and place it on a special test strip. Then a device called a blood glucose meter, which measures the amount of sugar in your blood, reads the strip.

Writing down this level, along with the time and date, will help you see how well your treatment plan is working. (Self Test Diary-This sample blood monitoring chart has spaces for recording sugar levels for a week's worth of testing at breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening.)

A person's blood sugar level rises after eating any meal that contains carbohydrates or protein. Table sugar (also called sucrose) counts as a carbohydrate. Artificial sweeteners, such as saccharin and aspartame NutraSweet), do not count as carbohydrates or fats. They make food taste sweet, but they do not raise blood sugar levels and have little or no calories.

Controlling Diabetes:
There is no cure for diabetes but it can be controlled by:

· Keeping blood sugar levels normal
· Regular exercise
· Healthy foods
· Medicine
· Regular clinic visits
· Weight loss, if necessary

Keep blood sugar levels checked - Daily monitoring and careful control of blood sugar levels are the most important steps to take for people with diabetes.

if you develop low blood sugar, it is important to follow the eating and medication schedule your doctor has prescribed to avoid low blood sugar.

Eat well-balanced meals - Too much fat and cholesterol in your diet can be very harmful to people with diabetes. Foods that are high in fat include red meat, dairy products (whole milk, cream, cheese and ice cream), egg yolks, butter, salad dressings, vegetable oils and many desserts.

Switch to healthy foods in the right amounts, will keep your weight under control and help manage your diabetes. Your body needs foods from the four main food groups every day:

· Fruits and vegetables
(oranges, apples, bananas, carrots, and spinach)
· Whole grains, cereals, and bread
(wheat, rice, oats, bran, and barley)
· Dairy products (whole or skim milk, cream, and yogurt)
· Meats, fish, poultry, eggs, dried beans, and nuts.

Get some exercise - is important for good diabetes control. It usually lowers blood sugar and may help insulin work better. Exercise and a healthy diet can also help you take off extra pounds if you are overweight.

Important! Check with your doctor before starting any exercise program. You may need a snack before or during the activity to avoid having low blood sugar while you exercise.

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