Things You Should Know About Diabetes

If you have diabetes, you know this disease affects every aspect of your life. You can reduce the impact this disease has on your life, as well as the severity of your symptoms, when you possess the knowledge to effectively manage it. Use these tips to better manage your diabetes with a few simple changes.

Check all the foods you eat for the “glycemic index”, which is a number that shows you exactly how your blood sugar levels will be affected. The lower a food’s glycemic number, or GI, the better it is for the diabetic diet.

You can make a sandwich into a lettuce wrap, or even use it on a burger as a bun, but have you thought of doing a hot dog wrap? If you buy preservative-free hot dogs for a once-a-month treat, wrap them in a piece of lettuce to make them a bit healthier!

Diabetics should keep their water intake high, so take a bottle with you to save some money at the mall. You’ll find water fountains in most buildings, so make use of it and fill up. You can find collapsible bottles at many stores that literally roll up, so you can keep them in your purse or bag.

Feel free to ask your doctor any question about Diabetes you might have, from how it affects your bowel movements to if it can cause sexual dysfunction (yes, it can!) No question should be too embarrassing or uneducated for you to feel comfortable finding the answer to as your doctor is there to help!

It’s okay to reuse lancets on your blood glucose monitor, or syringes when you inject yourself with insulin. As long as you’re not sharing then there is next to no real danger in reusing either, so change them when they begin to hurt you, or at least once a month.

Diabetics can help to avoid drastic changes in post-workout glucose levels by taking added steps to monitor their levels, as often as 45 minutes following a particularly rigorous exercise routine. Because glucose levels can continue to drop for an entire day after workouts, this will keep you from being caught unaware.

Diabetes is a complicated disease, which leads to many new precautions you’ll need to take. One is to make sure that your dry ,cracked hands and feet remain moisturized. Your extremities will be at an increased risk of getting an infection, so ensuring dry skin doesn’t crack open and let the germs in, is vital.

Have a bedtime snack. While you sleep, your blood sugar levels can drop seriously low. To avoid morning hypoglycemia, have a small snack to keep your blood sugar levels high. The perfect snack before bed? A peanut butter sandwich or a banana. Anything with fiber is a great idea for snacks at this time.

See? These tips are easy to understand and easy to implement into your life. By doing so, you are sure to enjoy a life where diabetes does not have as much of a detrimental impact, and one where your symptoms are fewer and less severe. Overall, these tips improve your quality of life as a diabetic.