Receiving a diabetes diagnosis will probably go down as one of your top life-changing events. Although the initial shock can be overwhelming, developing habits that keep your diabetes under control will not remain challenging forever. Many diabetes patients develop a renewed interest in healthy living and eventually report feeling better than ever, with the right care and treatments. Learning to manage your diabetes can be broken down into three main categories.
The top concerns in a diabetic diet are limiting sugar and being careful to eat regularly without skipping any meals or ignoring hunger. Because there is no one-size-fits-all approach to creating a diet with diabetes, it is extremely important to discuss eating habits with your doctor to determine the best approach for you. With professional medical guidance, you can figure out how many carbs you should eat, what artificial sweeteners are safe for diabetics, and how often alcoholic drinks can be permitted.
Regular exercise will become an important routine while trying to manage diabetes. Daily moderate exercise is ideal. According to the American Diabetes Association, high-energy exercises can backfire, potentially causing your blood glucose to drop to a dangerous level. If you feel you may have overexerted yourself, monitor your blood glucose every 45 minutes to get a clear picture of what is going on. If you notice your glucose dropping, eat some carbs and check again.
Depending on what type of diabetes you have, medication could become a vital factor in keeping you healthy. Some medicines will come through a self-administered shot, while others can be taken orally. Talk to your doctor about whether medicine should be used as part of your treatment plan.
November is American Diabetes Month, so this is the perfect time to learn more about this health condition. If you have questions about managing your diabetes, the Diabetes Program at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center has all the tools you need. We offer education programs, exercise classes, and support groups to help you on your journey. For more information, visit us online or call (305) 682-7266.