To follow is more information about Diabetes and ten things a diabetic needs to know to prevent injury to organs and to live a full and healthy life.
1. There aremultiple oral medications now available that can be used to control sugar levels. Insulin is not a necessity in adult onset diabetes.
2. Insulin is not, as is thought by many lay people, a choice of "last resort". In certain cases, it isideal and recommended. When used in the proper setting and in the proper pattern, it can be the best thing for a diabetic.
3. The ultimate goal is to control sugar levels and keep themas close to the normal rangeas possible. The lower the sugars, the less chance of end organ damage (end organ being the heart, eyes, kidneys, blood vessels, nerves, etc.).
4. Diabetics that do the besteat and exercise in a regular pattern. This poses a challenge for those who prefer a random, spontaneous existence but can really make the difference between well controlled or poorly controlled diabetes.
5. Adiabetic dietis the best diet for everyone actually. Because our society in general has developed a taste for rich, fatty foods, it seems like a sacrifice to cut back on sugar, fat, and salt. But, truth be told, if everyone were on the balance of foods that diabetics should follow, we would all be healthier and closer to our ideal weight.
6. Remember portion control. The trick is not onlywhatto eat but alsohow muchto eat. A quick reference is that theclosed fistis a close approximate serving size for an entree for the owner of the fist.
7. Alwayscarry something that has sugar in itwith you if you are diabetic. This might sound contradictory to the diet of low sugar but, it is very important if you are being treated for diabetes because you might have a too low blood sugar and need access to food instantly. If you have nothing to eat, you might lose consciousness before you get help.
8. See aneye doctor(MD Ophthalmologist) regularly (at least once per year) to prevent permanent eye damage. Treatment for diabetic side effects to the eyes has come a long way in the last 20 years and preventive treatment is much better than salvage treatment.
9. Ask your doctor or their nurse for information if you don't know. One of the biggest mistakes diabetics make is assuming that what is happening to them is just something they have to put up with. Ask.
10. Be prepared tocheck your sugars daily, possibly several times per day while you are becoming familiar with the treatment of diabetes. Learn how to operate a glucometer and write your sugars down along with the time you checked the sugar. When you are still learning how to care for yourself as a diabetic, it can also be extremely helpful towrite down what you ate at a particular mealso you can compare your intake with the sugar level that follows.