Just managing diabetes can be stressful. There is so much that you have to learn about living with the disease and managing it, on a day to day basis, so that you can survive and live a normal life. The advice in this article is able to give you help.
All food has a ‘glycemic index' this is how much your blood sugar will be affected when you eat them. For diabetics, the GI numbers should be as low as possible.
Did you know that it is recommended that diabetics have a diet high in dairy? Studies show that dairy can help keep blood sugar levels from spiking, so having as much low-fat dairy as possible, can be a huge help to a diabetic. Have a tall glass of skim milk at breakfast and some cheese at lunch. It's healthy and tasty!
If you want a snack that's fun to eat and tasty too, but your Diabetes means that you don't seem to have any options, reach for popcorn! You can leave the butter out if you're trying to lose weight, and keep the portion down so that you don't overdo your carbohydrates.
Diabetics should keep their water intake high, so take a bottle with you to save some money at the mall. You'll find water fountains in most buildings, so make use of it and fill up. You can find collapsible bottles at many stores that literally roll up, so you can keep them in your purse or bag.
Be careful with the medicines you choose when you have a cold, many are laden with sugar which can affect your blood sugar levels. Make sure you take this into account if you're keeping track of what you eat to maintain even blood sugar levels, or if your blood sugar mysteriously spikes.
Keep track of your Diabetic supplies and make sure you always have a backup. Obviously, keeping a huge stock of insulin isn't feasible as it has an expiry date, but lancets and test strips don't! Keep enough insulin on hand so that you know you'll use it in time, but you also will never be left without it.
A Diabetic will need more than just a physician on his health care team. You should ask for a referral to an endocrinologist (they'll help you with your insulin), a registered dietitian or nutritionist, an optometrist or ophthalmologist, a dentist, and a podiatrist. Once you have them all on your team you'll be ready to fight Diabetes head on!
Find out if your state government offers neighborhood health services where you can get discounted medical treatment, supplies, and prescriptions to help you battle your Diabetes. Some states also offer discounted health insurance, which can be an even bigger help by allowing you to seek treatment in your own city or town.
After reading this article, you now have a better idea of the steps you need to take to improve your life as a diabetic. However, it should be stated that what you learned in this article was in no way all of what you need to know in order to properly deal with diabetes. You should continue to learn as much as you can about the disease.