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Managing Diabetes

March 25, 2015
First of all, you need to know what exactly is diabetes. This is a condition where the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or doesn’t use insulin in the proper way. Insulin is responsible for converting blood sugar or glucose into energy. Diabetes is a condition where it causes sugar to build up in the blood.

There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 and type 2. If you have type 1 diabetes, it means that your body is unable or only produces little insulin. If you have type 2 diabetes, it means that the insulin produced by your body isn't properly used by the body or it doesn’t produce enough insulin in order to control blood sugar level. Most adults who have diabetes suffer from type 2 diabetes.

Living with diabetes is very stressful but with discipline and the right resources, you will find it easy to adjust and still live a normal and full life. Diabetes has been around for many years, and there are still quite a lot of people who knows little about it. If you are diabetic, it is important that you know how to properly manage the disease in order to prevent or at least minimize the complications brought upon by the disease.

Diabetes attributes to a lot of health problems. Some of the complications attributed to diabetes, are blindness, kidney damage or renal failure, nerve damage, and heart disease. You can live for years with the disease and don't know that you are diabetic. The main goal in treating diabetes is keeping your blood sugar level as close to normal as possible. In order for you to minimize or prevent complications caused by the disease it shouldn’t be too high or too low.

With a healthy diet and a regular exercise program the disease can be managed. What this means is that you will need to change your diet and exercise habits. For some people, it may even mean changing their lifestyle. You also need to watch your weight in order to regulate your blood sugar level, so try to minimize your fatty intakes.

Consult your doctor about your condition in order for you to know more about it and also have knowledge on how to treat it. The doctor will tell you about the foods you need to eat, and also how much exercise you need to have each week. Before you start any rigorous exercise program it is important to check your doctor.

Stick to a diet of low fat, low salt, low sugar, low carbohydrates, and high fiber. Snack in between meals is also recommended in order to regulate blood sugar levels in the body. Another important factor in controlling blood sugar levels is by regularly checking your blood glucose levels several times each day. You will need to have a glucose meter in order for you to do so.

In some cases, diet and exercise alone are not enough in order to regulate blood sugar levels. The doctor will usually talk to you about other treatments for diabetes, such as medicine and insulin.

These are the basics of proper management of diabetes. Living with diabetes can be hard at first but with discipline and in time, you will be able to get used to a new lifestyle and continue on living a healthy, normal and full life.

I am not a medical doctor. Thanks for sharing my views

Anthony Williams

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