Living with Diabetes
Managing your diabetes can help you live a long healthy life by taking care of yourself daily. This can impact every part of your body, so it is essential to work with your healthcare team to create a plan to manage your diabetes and create a self-care plan.
It is important to understand to control your blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol.
A - A1C is a test that provides your average blood glucose level over a three month period. A common goal for people living with diabetes is below a 7. This is different from the blood sugar test you would perform daily.
B - Blood pressure is the force of blood against the blood vessel walls. High blood pressure causes your heart to work too hard. The blood pressure goal for most people with diabetes is 140/90. Speak with your primary care physician to know your goal.
C - Cholesterol can build up over time and clog blood vessels. We have two types of cholesterol in our blood: LDL and HDL, LDL is the bad cholesterol.
Living Healthier with Diabetes
Adopting a healthy lifestyle is critical to managing Diabetes and normalizing your weight, blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Being overweight or obese makes managing the disease quite difficult.
If you are overweight, losing weight can make your diabetes management much easier. You don’t even have to lose a lot of weight to start seeing results. Just 10 to 15 pounds can make a difference.
Living with prediabetes or diabetes means you have additional food considerations, especially limiting simple carbohydrates. Simple carbs are found in foods like table sugar, soda, candy, and jellies. Consuming simple carbs will cause an increase in blood glucose.
Being active is another part of living healthy and can have incredible benefits in controlling both your weight and the disease while minimizing other negative health consequences. Any type of physical activity will help lower your blood glucose.
Stress affects people in different ways. It can trigger a variety of unhealthy responses from overeating to drinking excessive alcohol or smoking, and from procrastination to overextending yourself. While you cannot completely avoid stress in your life, there are ways to deal with it in a healthy way.