In Recent times, diabetes has been responsible for a number of deaths, it has been the leading cause of amputations in older adults, and also responsible for blindness and kidney failure in some which is so pathetic. What can we do to live a fulfilled life even when diabetic? How can we help those living with diabetes or our diabetic parents?
Diabetes is a number of diseases that involve problems with the hormone insulin. The pancreas releases insulin to help your body store and use the sugar and fat from the food you eat. Diabetes starts when your pancreas does not produce any insulin, when the pancreas produces little insulin or when the body cells do not respond well to insulin (insulin resistance).
There is no cure. People with diabetes need to manage their disease to stay healthy. To make our bodies respond well to the drugs we are taking, we need to follow these health tips on how to successfully live a good life with diabetes.
Recently, I met a guy who has been diabetic from birth; his condition has made him fully dependent on insulin injections because he cannot produce insulin on its own. But the good news is that he’s doing really well despite having diabetes. You too can do well with your diabetes
Whether you have just been diagnosed with diabetes or you have been living with it, you can still keep up with the things you love while you take care of yourself. Take care of your health and you will live a rewarding active life.
Here are the strategies to control diabetes:
- EAT WELL: it’s not true that you cannot eat some common foods like carbohydrate, what you should do is to simply eat like a KING in the morning, eat like a CHIEF in the afternoon and eat like a VEGETARIAN in the evening. The reason being that your body metabolism is active during the day while it goes to rest at night when you are inactive.
- GET INFORMED: You do this by asking questions and learn as much as you can about how you can take care of yourself and the medical treatments you need. You should talk to your dieticians, educators, and specialists frequently. There are still some nice health workers you can always talk to despite the economy challenges.
You can also talk to your friends and family members who have diabetes and are managing it well. Don’t talk to those who will advise you to drink URINE or any other unproven treatment.
- RIGHT CARE: Your doctor is the best to help you out with this. He will probably give you some medications based on your symptoms, complications and other issue. He will also talk to you about lifestyle changes like changing your diet, weight loss and being more active. The most important is monitoring your blood sugar, to keep track of it and show you what to do to avoid Highs and Lows.
- TRACK YOU ABCs: Diabetes is so bad that it can make you become an amputee, it can make you go blind, affects the nerves, heart and more. This is the reason you need to track you ABCs.
A stands for AIc, this test measures your average blood sugar over the past 2 or 3 months. Your doctor will disclose to you if it’s doing well.
B stands for blood pressure: Mathematically diabetes is directly proportional to high blood pressure. For diabetes not well managed, the incidence of high blood pressure is high. So you need to check you BP frequently at least 3 times a week
C stands for cholesterol: Diabetes can put you at risk of high cholesterol, which makes heart diseases and stroke more likely. Doing it once a year is good.
- TACKLE THE COMPLICATIONS BEFORE THEY START: It is important to know the warning signs of some common complications
Nerve damage: symptoms are numbness or tingling, burning, sores that heal slowly.
Erectile dysfunction or vaginal dryness.
Eye problems: This can happen from damage to small blood vessels in the retina. Symptoms are blurring vision, eye pain or pressure, spots before your eyes, sudden loss of sight. This should not be confused with glaucoma or cataract.
Kidney damage: These complications can lead to treatment with dialysis or kidney transplant. To rule out problems, always talk to your doctor and book appointment for assessment.
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