Diabetes is a serious disease and should not be ignored. If you
have it, correct treatment can help you live a long and healthy
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.
There is no cure for diabetes but it can be controlled by:
· Keeping blood sugar levels normal
· Regular exercise
· Healthy foods
· 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.