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proving ways all diabetes should live
A person who has diabetes needs to live with carefulness. The reason for his careful lifestyle is that diabetes is a serious condition. Diabetes can result to many complications if the person who has it lives carelessly.
A diabetic person should follow his treatment plan round-the-clock so as to maintain his health. Worthwhile efforts are also needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
I f you carefully manage your diabetes, you can reduce your risk of serious- even life threatening complications
The lifestyle for all diabetes no matter what type of diabetes you have include:
Be committed to handle your diabetes: To handle your diabetes you must be committed to learn all you can about diabetes. Good knowledge of your diabetic condition will help you manage your diabetes.
Healthy eating and regular physical activity: You must make healthy eating and physical activity part of your daily life .Healthy eating is an important way of managing diabetes. Apart from healthy eating, a diabetic person needs regular physical activity. Healthy eating and regular physical exercise help reduce several risk and complications associated with diabetes.
Take care of your teeth: You need to take care of your teeth if you want to live healthy as a diabetic person .Diabetes, will perhaps leave you prone to gum infections. So,
ensure you brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day.
If you have type 1or type 2 diabetes ,plan dental exams at least twice a year .Also establish a relationship with a diabetes educator, and ensure you ask your diabetes treatment team for help when you need it. Again if your gum bleeds or looks red or swollen, consult a doctor.
In addition to the above mentioned lifestyles, other ways to live that will help you if you have type 1or type 2diabetes are:
Know yourself: Your must have it in your mind that you have diabetes and keep a glycogen kit nearby in case of a low blood sugar emergency. Also ensure that your loved ones and friends know how to use the kit.
Plan a yearly physical and regular eye exams: It is important that you plan a yearly physical and regular eye exams, during which your doctor will both look for any diabetes-related complications, and screen for other medical problems. Again ensure that your eye care specialist checks for signs of retina damage, cataracts and glaucoma.
Take your immunization serious: If your doctor recommends any immunization, take it serious. The doctor may advise you to take pneumonia vaccine. In addition get flu shot every year and a tetanus booster shot every 10 years. All these measures will help you seeing that high blood sugar weakens your immune system
Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol under control: To control your blood pressure and cholesterol, eat healthy food and exercise regularly. You may also need medication.
Pay attention to your feet: Your feet need washing daily in tepid water.Dry them gently, paying particular attention to your toes, moisturize them with lotion but not between the toes. Also examine your feet everyday for blisters, cut, sores, redness or swelling .Ensure you consult your doctor if you have a sore or other foot problem that delays to heal.
Quitting smoking: since smoking increases the risk of various diabetes complications, including heart attack, stroke, nerve damage and kidney disease, it may do you good if you quit smoking. It is certain that smokers who have diabetes die more quickly than non smokers who have diabetes.
Drink alcohol responsibly: If you choose to drink, do so only in moderation and always with a meal. However, alcohol can cause either high or low blood sugar, depending on how much you drink and if you eat at the same time. Also remember to include the calories from any alcohol you drink in your daily calorie count.
Manage stress: It is likely that stress can make you abandon your usual diabetes management routine. The matter becomes worse when the hormone your body produces in response to the prolonged stress prevent insulin from working properly. So set limit, prioritize your tasks, learn relaxation technique and get plenty of sleep