Have you been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes? If your doctor gave you a lot of information for managing your diabetes, chances are you are having some difficulty trying to make sense of everything that you have to know.
Good diabetes management requires many different treatments and strategies in order to be effective. You may feel like your entire life needs to be overhauled. All these changes can seem overwhelming at first, but when all that information is broken down into easy to understand categories, you can begin to get a handle on it.
Keep Track of Your Blood Sugar
Checking your blood glucose levels can help you keep good control of your diabetes. Different foods and activities can influence blood sugar levels. The only way to know your levels for sure is to test your blood sugar frequently using a glucometer. You also should keep track of the numbers.
- Five Good Reasons to Check Your Blood Sugar
- How to Use a Glucometer
- Recommended Blood Glucose Levels
- The Ups and Downs of Blood Sugar
There are currently six of classes of drugs to manage type 2 diabetes. They work in different ways to help lower blood sugar. Medications need to be taken as prescribed, because the time you take them plays a part in how well they work. Many people with diabetes are started on metformin when they are first diagnosed.
- What to Know About Metformin
- Oral Medications for Managing Type 2 Diabetes
- Handy Diabetes Medication Reference Chart
- Facts About Diabetes Medications
Knowing What to Eat
Food might be the most complicated part of diabetes management. It doesn't just play an important part in our lives, it is necessary for survival. Everyone has to eat. So, what is the best way to eat for diabetes? There isn't a set diabetes diet anymore. You are free to eat a variety of foods, including sweets now and then. The trick is to watch portion sizes, and eat more vegetables and fruits, whole grains and lean meats, and fewer processed, fatty, high calorie foods.
- What to Eat When You Have Diabetes
- What to Know About Carbohydrates
- Healthy Diabetes Breakfast Tips
- Know the Carbs in Your Fruit
- The Benefits of Fiber
Getting More Exercise Into Your Life
Exercise is a necessary part of diabetes management. Regular exercise can lower your blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and other complications. It can also help you lose weight and keep it off.
- Exercise - A Power Tool for Diabetes
- Walk Your Way to Better Diabetes Control
- How Much Exercise is Enough?
- Why Exercise Helps People With Diabetes
Managing Your Overall HealthDiabetes is a complicated illness. Setting goals and getting organized can help. Support from family members can also make coping easier.
- What Should My Diabetes Goals Be?
- Use a Checklist System to Manage Diabetes
- Talking to a Partner or Spouse About Diabetes
Having a doctor to help you manage diabetes is very important. But other types of healthcare professionals can be a real help. Diabetes educators, nutritionists, and specialists (such as an eye doctor or cardiologist) can all make a difference in the quality of your care.
Over time, managing your diabetes will become easier. Life may not return to what it was before you were diagnosed, but it can move forward with many healthy and happy years ahead.