Tips for Managing Diabetes
by Anne Wasson | Jan 13, 2017 | AFMC HealthSpot , Individuals |
EDITORS NOTE: In the eighth in our year-long series on diabetes, the focus is on the specifics of effectively managing this chronic disease.
It is possible to live a long and healthy life, even with diabetes.
The key to living well with diabetes is learning how to manage the disease. Good management helps prevent or slow the progress of the many complications of diabetes: heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and nerve damage that causes painful hands and feet.
Other articles in this diabetes series have explained the importance of eating healthy and getting regular exercise. Doing both will help keep blood sugar (glucose) at a safe level, and blood pressure and cholesterol under control.
If youve lived with diabetes for a while, you may know how to keep your blood sugar under control most of the time. However, occasionally things get out of whack, for any number of reasons, and adjustments have to be made.
Only about a third of people with type 2 diabetes say they are very successful at managing their diabetes, according to a survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. This article will explain what to do when your diabetes-care routine gets off the rails.
Monitoring and controlling your blood sugar is the most important way to successfully manage diabetes. An A1C test measures your average glucose level over the past three months. Your A1C should be under 7 and your blood sugar should be under 154. If your doctor also does a fasting blood sugar test, it should be between 80 an Continue reading