How to Better Manage Your Glucose Levels

ID-100160398Whether you’ve been recently diagnosed with diabetes or you’ve had this ailment for while now, managing your glucose levels IS of the utmost importance. Managing your glucose levels not only help people with diabetes survive without backlash, but efficient management can even help you thrive without constant inconvenience.

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with diabetes or if you have yet to efficiently manage it without side effects, you may want to consider the following steps that can help you better control this widespread ailment.

Type 1 and Type 2

First of all, you may want to have a chat with your doctor about the kind of diabetes you have as there are two kinds, Type 1 and Type 2. To elaborate on their differences, Type 1 is described as the lack of insulin production in your body. A body that cannot produce natural insulin cannot break down the sugars in the food it consumes, thus leaving the body without energy.

Type 2 diabetes (most common) is categorized as the inability to efficiently produce insulin, meaning your body can produce insulin but just has a hard time doing so. Type 2 diabetes usually requires a regiment of pills or insulin to help manage it. Both types vary in care and treatment, so be sure to get specific treatment instructions from your physician.

ABCs

After understanding what kind of diabetes you have and how to go about treating it, make sure you know your ABCs: A1C, blood pressure and cholesterol level monitoring.

The A1C test is a blood test that helps measure the amount of sugar in your body. It’s extremely important to measure your blood sugar because above or below average levels can have a critical impact on your heart, blood vessels, kidneys or eyes. Click here to learn more about how to manage glucose irregularities caused by diabetes.

For most people with diabetes, high blood pressure comes hand in hand. It’s important to regulate your blood pressure in order to prevent heart attack or stroke. Remember that your blood pressure should always be below 140/80.

Blood pressure and sugar levels aren’t the only things you should manage. It’s also very important to keep tabs on your cholesterol levels. A build-up of bad cholesterol (LDL) can do a number on your arteries and blood vessels. Ask your physician what your cholesterol level should be and keep track of it with consistency.

Coping

Whenever someone is diagnosed with an ailment, physicians always suggest a change in lifestyle. A person with diabetes is always encouraged to eat clean. This means ditching fatty foods and living on a healthy diet. It’s common for physicians to recommend a diet that consists of 25% grains, 25% lean protein and 50% fruits and vegetables. Also, remember to exercise at least three times a week, 30 minutes a day. It’s also helpful to track any weight that’s lost since a balanced, healthy diet and consistent exercise may help you shed unnecessary weight.

Coping with diabetes involves more than just eating healthy and being active, it requires stress management as well. Stress can be a trigger for blood sugar spikes. A few ways that can help you manage stress is by mediating, listening to music, exercising or even visiting a mental health professional.

Routine

It’s always recommended to have a routine, such as setting aside a block of time to exercise, eating at regularly scheduled hours and monitoring your ABCs whenever it’s needed. Also, remember to schedule regular doctor visits to further track your ailment.

Living with diabetes doesn’t have to be a hassle. By understanding your disease, knowing how to manage your glucose levels, making changes and following a specific routine, not only will be able to live with it, you’ll be able to thrive.

 

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