1)     Commitment: First and foremost key to successful diabetes management is to commit yourself to treat/ avoid diabetes.  Doctor, medicines, friends, relatives and family will help you and encourage you to fight diabetes, however, only you can cure diabetes with your willpower and determination. Always remember, no one has greater stake in your health than you.

2)     Learn more about diabetes: The more you are aware about causes and reasons of diabetes, the easier it will be for you to fight it. You can know what is good for your health and what is causing harm. By knowing that many others in world have cured their diabetes will motivate you and keep you going.

3)     Diet management: If you are a diabetic, more than eating less, equally important aspect is what you eating. Make eating healthy and include lot of vegetables and fruits. Avoid the fruits that a diabetic should not have. Eat at regular intervals in small portions. Very critical component salt shall be managed very carefully.

4)     Stop smoking: As per American Diabetes Association, smokers who have diabetes are three times more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than are non smokers who have diabetes. If you smoke, ask the doctor to help you quit smoking. Smoking increases your risk of various diabetes complications, including heart attack, stroke, and nerves damage and kidney disease.

5)     Exercise: Physical exercise is as important as any other routine of the day. Maintain a healthy weight. People with diabetes are encouraged to exercise regularly for better blood sugar control and to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. The reason for this is that muscles which are working use more glucose than those that are resting.

6)     Take an aspirin daily: Aspirin reduces blood’s ability to clot. Taking an aspirin daily can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke — major concerns for a diabetic. In fact, daily aspirin therapy is recommended for most people who have diabetes. However, first ask your doctor about daily aspirin therapy, including which strength of aspirin would be best suited for you.

7)     Take stress seriously: It is easy to neglect usual diabetes care routine if you are stressed. The hormones body may produce in response to the prolonged stress may prevent insulin from working properly, which only makes the matter worse. To take control, set limits and prioritize the tasks. Learn relaxation techniques and get plenty of sleep.

8)     Pay attention to your feet: High blood sugar can damage the nerves in your feet and reduce blood flow to your feet. If left untreated, cuts and blisters can lead to serious infections. To prevent foot problems:

  • Wash your feet daily in lukewarm water.
  • Dry your feet gently, especially between the toes.
  • Moisturize your feet and ankles with lotion.
  • Check your feet every day for blisters, cuts, sores, redness or swelling.
  • Consult your doctor if you have a sore or other foot problem that doesn’t start to heal within a few days.

9)     Take care of your teeth: Diabetes may make you prone to gum infections. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss your teeth once a day, and schedule dental exams at regular intervals, say at least twice or thrice a year. Consult your dentist right away if your gums bleed or look red or swollen.

10)  Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol under control: Like diabetes, high blood pressure can damage the blood vessels. High cholesterol is a concern, too, since the damage is often worse and more rapid for a diabetic. When these conditions team up, they can lead to a heart attack, stroke or other life-threatening conditions.  Hence, it is important to keep blood pressure and cholesterol under control.

Above all, stay positive. Diabetes care is within control. If you’re willing to do your part sincerely and regularly, diabetes won’t stand in the way of an active, healthy and happy life.

admin on June 19th 2010 in General