Diabetes is a serious disease. Following your diabetes treatment plan takes round-the-clock commitment. But your efforts are worthwhile. Careful management of diabetes can reduce your risk of serious — even life-threatening — complications.
No matter what type of diabetes you have:
Make a commitment to managing your diabetes.
Choose healthy foods and maintain a healthy weight.
Make physical activity part of your daily routine.
Identify yourself by wearing a bracelet or tag that says you are diabetic.Keep your immunizations up-to-date.
Pay attention to your feet. You need to wash your feet in lukewarm water daily. Dry your toes and feet gently. Moisturize with lotion, but not between the toes.
Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol under control. Eat healthy foods and exercise regularly. This can go a long way to control your blood pressure and glucose levels.
Take care of your teeth. If you are diabetic, then you are prone to gum infections. Brush and floss your teeth twice a day. Consult a dentist immediately if your gums look red,swollen or bleed.
If you smoke then take help from your doctor to quit smoking. Smoking increases your risk of various diabetes complications, including heart attack, stroke, and nerve damage and kidney disease.
If you drink alcohol, do so responsibly. Alcohol can cause either high or low blood sugar, depending on how much you drink and if you eat at the same time.
Take stress seriously. If you’re stressed, it’s easy to abandon your usual diabetes management routine. Above all, stay positive. The good habits you adopt today can help you enjoy an active, healthy life with diabetes.