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Living Healthy And Properly Managing Diabetes

March 29, 2015
Diabetes is a disease that attacks everyone. It’s a disease that doesn’t discriminate any of the races. Black, White, Hispanic, Asian, and Europeans have all been affected by this dreaded disease. It can affect children, men, women, and the elderly. Diabetes now affects around 18 million Americans and every year, approximately 800,000 new cases are diagnosed. This is why you need to be fully informed about the basics of living with the disease.

If you or someone you love is diabetic, then you have to know what you are up against in order for you to know how to live a normal life with the disease. This disease is the leading cause of kidney failure. It can also cause blindness, and can significantly increase the risk of you getting heart diseases, stroke and even birth defects. Amputations are also common in diabetics and it can significantly shorten the life expectancy by up to 15 years.

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Don’t be overwhelmed and get depressed if you or someone you love has diabetes. You may even feel that this is a death sentence. But, you have to consider that you feel this because of your ignorance for the disease. There are ways on how you can properly manage itand live a normal life. All it takes is extra care and proper management of the disease. The first thing you need to remember about diabetes management is the diet. The diet plays an important role in the life of a diabetic. You will need to put together a meal plan with a dietitian as well as the doctor.

In most cases, you will find that diabetics will have several meals a day. Aside from breakfast, lunch and dinner, you will see that small snacks are required in between. The meals should be taken at the same time every single day in order to help keep the body on a schedule and also regulate the blood sugar levels in the body. Skipping meals and snacks may lead to large swings in blood sugar readings, which is a very dangerous thing for diabetics.
A diabetic should balance the food they eat with the insulin that the body gets from exercising as well as from injections. You can monitor the blood sugar level with a device called glucose meter.

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This device will inform you about the current blood sugar levels in the body, which can be very helpful in planning meals.

Diabetics should follow a certain meal plan consisting of low carbohydrate, low salt, low sugar, and high fiber diet. This will help regulate the blood sugar levels in the body and help prevent drastic changes in it. Preventing or minimizing complications is your goal when managing diabetes. By strictly following the proper diet and proper eating schedule, you can be sure that you will be able to live a normal and full life.
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