When we look at the statistics associated with diabetes, one could almost assume this disease is a plague.
- It is estimated that well over 30,000,000 people in the United States has diabetes.
- Diabetes is most prevalent in the age range of 45 – 64
- Gender does not seem to be a contributor.
- It does seem ethnicity does play a role in that, American Indians have the highest percentages followed by African Americans, Hispanic, Whites and then Asians.
There are many factors that can lead to diabetes. The most prominent cause is diets. Americans do consume high amounts of sugary items as well as high starches which end up turning into sugar in our bodies.
Can we do more to battle diabetes?
It all starts with education. When people learn what diabetes does and how to properly eat to keep diabetes at bay, we will start winning the battle.
We know that many people are trying to live with diabetes and having a difficult time. We want to help so in today’s post, we will share 15 tips to live normal and healthy with diabetes.
Please take time to read through completely, print it off for remembrance and do share with your friends and family so everyone can live a productive life even with diabetes.
Live Normal And Healthy With Diabetes Tip #1: Keep Your Glucose Meter With You At All Times
When you have odd sensations, it is wise to see where your blood sugar is setting. But you cannot do so if you do not have your glucose meter with you.
We suggest you keep it with you everywhere you go. This way, you can check your level and do what needs to be done if your levels are off.
Live Normal And Healthy With Diabetes Tip #2: Keep Fast And Furious Carbs With You At All Times
This goes right along with #1. It is easy to get disoriented when your blood sugar drops too low. You need to have fast acting carbs to raise it.
- Glucose tablets
- Lifesavers or Skittles
- Box of juice
We highly recommend the Glucose tablets and be sure to check your levels about 20 – 30 minutes after ingesting the fast and furious carbs.
Live Normal And Healthy With Diabetes Tip #3: Pick A Sport… Any Sport
Just because you are diabetic does not mean you cannot participate in sports.
Get out there and find a sport you would like to participate in and do it…
- Run marathons
Physical activity like these will help and not harm.
Live Normal And Healthy With Diabetes Tip #4: Follow Your Doctor’s Dietary Instructions
You and your Doctor can make a dietary plan that helps you manage your diabetes and live life to the fullest.
Your Doctor should know a proper eating plan… If he or she does not prescribe a dietary plan, find a diabetic specialist who will. You owe it to yourself and to those who are following in your footsteps.
Live Normal And Healthy With Diabetes Tip #5: Move Injection Locations
If you are one of the many diabetics who needs to give yourself insulin injections, it is wise to move the injection location on a regular basis.
If you keep using the same spot, your body will create a buildup and the insulin absorption will slow down.
Live Normal And Healthy With Diabetes Tip #6: If You Have The Sense You Are Hungry, Drink Some Water First
Diabetes can give people false signs they are hungry when they are actually low on liquids. If you have a sense you are hungry, drink a bottle or glass of water. Wait for 15 – 20 minutes and if you still feel hungry, then you may want to eat a healthy snack that coincides with your diabetic eating plan.
Live Normal And Healthy With Diabetes Tip #7: Get An Eye Exam Yearly
Diabetes can affect the eyes. So it is wise that you get a dilated eye exam on an annual basis.
Be sure and take sunglasses with you because after the exam is over, your eyes will be quite sensitive to light.
Live Normal And Healthy With Diabetes Tip #8: Stay Positive
Diabetes can have its ups and downs. Even when you are following everything perfectly, your blood sugar can still do some weird things.
One of the best ways to not allow it to have control is with your attitude. Keep it positive. When someone says something negative about diabetes, respond with something positive.
You see, stress and a positive attitude don’t mix. Stress can make your diabetes “go wacky,” but keeping a positive attitude will help you control the disease instead of it controlling you.
Live Normal And Healthy With Diabetes Tip #9: Go See The World
I remember standing in line somewhere and overhearing a conversation between 2 ladies. It went like this:
Woman #1: “Oh, my husband just bought us tickets to a cruise in the Caribbean for 2 weeks. I am elated!”
Woman #2: “I would love to do that but since I have diabetes, I dare not do anything of the sort.”
I so wanted to voice my opinion but out of respect, I didn’t. But I do seriously hope woman #2 reads this post.
Diabetes can be managed and controlled. You can carry all your necessities wherever you travel to. So get out and see the world. Enjoy life and don’t let diabetes have the power.
Live Normal And Healthy With Diabetes Tip #10: Eat 5 Or 6 Small Meals Instead Of 3 Large Meals
Research has found that diabetics who eat more meals that are small instead of 3 large meals have better control over their blood sugar levels.
So look at developing an eating plan of more than 3 meals per day that are smaller.
Live Normal And Healthy With Diabetes Tip #11: Know When To Say No
There are always going to be those people who try to tempt you… push you into taking part in something that could affect your diabetes in a negative way.
- Oh, you could eat just 1 piece,
- C’mon, one more drink won’t hurt,
- You can wait to take your shot until later.
You must be strong and know when to say no. Remember that your health is much more important than another person accepting you.
If they cannot accept no, how good of a friend are they?
Live Normal And Healthy With Diabetes Tip #12: Cut Down On Carbs
Simple carbohydrates are a sure fire way to spike blood sugar levels. By cutting your diet of many carbs, you will find your blood glucose levels staying more consistent.
iGalen developed Emulin to help people like you manage carbs. To learn more about how Emulin can help you, click here.
Live Normal And Healthy With Diabetes Tip #13: Get Enough Sleep
Studies have found that there is a direct correlation between too little or improper sleep and high blood sugar.
It is recommended that you get 7 – 8 hours of sleep every 24 hours, and make sure that you have a good mattress and pillow. Also, low light and noise can make for better sleep.
Live Normal And Healthy With Diabetes Tip #14: Read Labels
When grocery shopping, take some time to read the labels. If sugar, corn syrup or any other variation of sugar is one of the first 6 ingredients, you should leave it on the shelf.
It is best to buy only naturally sweetened fruits and such.
Live Normal And Healthy With Diabetes Tip #15: Find A Diabetes Support Group
In most cities, there are diabetes support groups… Just Google it. If there isn’t one, maybe you should start one.
It helps to talk with others who are struggling with diabetes. You can share recipes, exercises or just talk about the weather.
Remember, diabetes is not the end of the world. There are many people living productive and successful lives and they have diabetes.
The link I gave you about Emulin earlier can be a huge help. As a matter of fact, I know you will be amazed and if you are, you may be interested in helping other people get healthy. You can do so and help your financial well being too.
Now, if you have any questions or feedback, you can post that below. And please share this with others who may be suffering from diabetes.