When it comes to managing diabetes, the first thing that you are going to have to learn is that this is going to involve changes in your everyday life. Your main objective is that you keep your glucose or blood sugar level under control.
This might seem hard and right away you might think that you are going to have to drastically change your way of life, but once you understand and educate yourself, you will see that you will not only feel better, you will also live a healthier and longer life.
Besides closing monitoring your blood sugar levels; your basic diabetes management would also include, exercising on a daily basis, eating healthy. To further manage your diabetes, maintaining a diabetic journal and depending on the type of diabetes that you might have, taking of oral medications or insulin injections as directed.
Managing Diabetes can be broken down into steps:
- Diligent monitoring of blood sugar levels
- Proper dosing and management of insulin
- Developing a healthy nutritional plan, taking into account how certain foods will have different effects on your blood sugar levels, and using this as the basis for nutritional solid daily meal plans
- Implementing an exercise regimen that, over a short period of time, will help your blood sugar level stay within a healthy range and also will help to keep your weight at your recommended level
- This may or may not seem important at first, but emotional support can play an important role in your diabetic care. You will come to realize that you are not the only one, ‘counting carbs’ (carbohydrates), testing blood sugar levels and handling the emotional and physical highs and lows associated with diabetes.Knowing that there are people available you can talk to will have a tremendous impact on how you deal with diabetes, as is the support of your family and your friends in assisting you in dealing with diabetes in the long-term.
Managing Diabetes – Type 2 & Gestational
When it comes to the proper management of type 2 diabetes, one of the first things that you must understand is that this is a chronic disease, in other words you have it for life and as of now there is no cure, but there are simple ways you can manage it as there are with type 1 diabetes.
When you are first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, medication may not be required and just following a healthy nutritional plan and implementing an exercise regimen that is designed just for you.
As with type 1 diabetes, family, friends and support groups will play an important role in how you manage your type 2 diabetes. As stated, with diabetes you will have both emotional and physical highs, so this support can be very important.
Gestational diabetes occurs in less than 10% of pregnant mothers. This diabetes is a result of hormonal changes that occur in a woman’s body during pregnancy and the rapid weight gain.
You factor these in together and it shows that the body becomes slow to respond to insulin. In most instances gestational diabetes will occur later on in the pregnancy, because the mother’s insulin levels are unable to control blood glucose levels.
Since there is no treatment that is effective for gestational diabetes, the main objective is to control the blood glucose levels to prevent any complications. As with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, a healthy nutritional plan and an exercise regimen geared towards a pregnant woman should be followed as a management plan.
However, the healthy nutritional plan for a pregnant woman will be different in that this diet must include enough energy for both mother and child. The mother’s weight gain must be slow and controlled, along with constant fetal monitoring.
Managing diabetes can be accomplished, if you follow the proper steps of blood sugar monitoring, a healthy nutritional diet, an exercise regimen and utilize support from family, friends and outside groups.