Getting the diagnosis of diabetes is never an easy thing, but controlling and managing this condition can be. Now more than ever technology is allowing diabetics to continue to live normal lives while still ensuring their blood sugar levels are under control and their health remains in tact. However, controlling diabetes can seem impossible at first, so you need to learn more about the options you have available in order to take advantage of them.
What You Eat Matters
When your doctor first tells you that you have diabetes, you may have a number of questions as a result. One of the first, and most important, questions to answer is, "What does a diabetic eat?" Since you are told that diabetes is a condition that affects the management of your blood sugar, you need to learn the proper diet for diabetes patients. Controlling diabetes starts with learning the sugar content of foods and avoiding foods that impact your blood glucose level.
You might be taught that fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are the best choices for ensuring your body stays health and your diabetes is under control. You will also be told that meats and dairy products can also be beneficial in certain portions. While this diet for diabetes might seem a little complicated, it becomes easier over time. You might want to ask for a clear list of the things you can and you can not eat. This will help you easily make the best decisions for your health.
Monitoring Your Blood Sugar
If you're controlling diabetes with your diet, you need to monitor your progress as you do. Since everyone's body is different, it becomes necessary to look at glucose numbers to see how you are doing. Blood sugar control isn't a difficult process, however, with the newer glucose meters. Just a small prick of your finger or arm can help you see how your blood sugar level is doing at any part of the day. By checking this regularly before and after meals (and as directed by your doctor), you can begin to see trends in your blood sugar levels and learn how to manage ups and downs.
Blood sugar control only takes a few minutes of your time each day, and with the simple meters, no one even has to know you're checking your blood. Just head to the bathroom or off to a private area, check your glucose numbers, and then get back to your life.
If you should notice your blood sugar level going too high or too low, you can take immediate action to correct the reading. In the beginning, this might happen more often than your doctor may like, but as you get the hang of your diet, it will become less and less of a problem.
Controlling diabetes begins with a proper diet for diabetes and continues with blood sugar control. And while the changes you make might seem challenging at first, when you realize you only have to make these two changes in your life to keep yourself healthy, diabetes doesn't seem to be all that scary anymore.
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