The treatment and management of diabetes is critically important to anyone who has it. Left alone, the disease can be fatal, but just a little mindfulness can help sufferers lead full lives. If you want to manage your diabetes better or to just understand the condition more, in order to help someone you know or love, read on for some sound tips about diabetes.
A great tip for both diabetes control and prevention is weight loss. In one widely published study scientists were able to show that for every kilogram lost, equivalent to roughly two pounds, patients were roughly sixteen percent less likely to have diabetes. For such a small amount of weight loss, it cannot be taken lightly.
Never be afraid to ask your doctor questions. There is no such thing as a stupid question. It’s only stupid if you keep the question to yourself rather than seeking the answer for it. Before a doctor’s visit, write down any questions you might have. Ask your doctor any and all of them.
Even if you “only” have Gestational Diabetes, it is especially important for you to monitor your blood glucose levels. Your baby will be impacted by the slightest peak you might have as the insulin does cross the placenta, so make sure to keep your levels even so your baby will grow normally.
It is important for diabetics to learn to eat a healthy diet and control portion sizes. Eating excessively large portions is a sure way to gain weight. Eating too much, even of foods that are good for you, will result in weight gain and blood sugar problems. Use smaller plates, put your utensils down between bites and eat slower.
Try to avoid alcohol when you are diabetic. Even small amounts of alcohol, especially beer, can dangerously raise your blood sugar. Many doctors are in agreement that having a glass of wine once in awhile is okay for diabetics, just do not have more than one glass and do not drink it everyday.
Keep protein bars on hand for those times when you need a quick snack to keep your blood glucose levels under control. There are bars or shakes on the market made specifically for those with diabetes and they can be used as a meal replacement. Don’t eat them along with a regular meal, however, and this could cause your glucose levels to rise.
A great way to save money and still eat healthy is to plan out all your meals. If you can reuse a food bought in bulk multiple times, like a loaf of bread or a specific vegetable, you’ll be able to save money on the purchase. Plan out every meal to make the most of your grocery buys.
Diabetics have to be careful and constantly vigilant about their blood sugar levels. Whether you are a diabetic or spend time with one, keep in mind the advice of this article for easier management of the condition. In no time at all, you are sure to notice a better life.