Diabetes is disease that occurs when your blood glucose or blood sugar is too high. When it is not managed, this condition can damage your eyes, kidneys, nerves and heart; it is also linked to some types of cancer.
If you have diabetes, taking charge of your health as soon as possible may help you prevent other health problems.
Here are some tips to manage your diabetes to stay healthy longer.
1. Manage your ABCs.
Ask your doctor what your goals should be on your A1C, Blood pressure and Cholesterol and stay informed about the levels of each.
2. Take small steps towards healthy habits.
Lifestyle routines such as planning healthy meals, being physically active, getting enough sleep, and not smoking may help you manage your diabetes ABCs. You do not have to do it all at once. Start slow and build healthier habits from there.
3. Take your medicines on time.
Remember to take your medicines even if you feel healthy. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist if you have trouble taking your medicines on time or at the correct dose.
4. Reach or maintain a healthy weight.
If you are overweight or obese, ask your primary care provider for healthy eating, physical activity, or other weight-loss treatments that may help you manage your weight.
5. Take care of your mental health.
Managing diabetes can be hard. If you feel down, sad, or overwhelmed, learn about healthy ways to cope with stress. Consider talking to a mental health counselor or joining a support group.
6. Work with your healthcare team.
Managing diabetes takes a team. Your health care team may include a primary care provider, diabetes specialist, registered dietitian, or certified diabetes educator. Ask your primary care provider if you should talk with other health care professionals about your diabetes.