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How Can I Better Manage My Diabetes?

For those familiar with diabetes, you will know the common symptoms are that you will urinate more, feel thirsty and hungry, suffer extreme fatigue, have blurry vision, have numbness in hands and feet, and find that cuts and bruises take a while to heel. These are all associated with diabetes.

Once a doctor has diagnosed the condition, then it will be a decision whether it can be managed by diet, tablets, or insulin injections. This will depend on whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

This article will consider how the different methods manage the condition of diabetes once it is confirmed as the reason for the above symptoms.

Employers who are sympathetic to employees with diabetes will invariably have a good enps score. It is so much easier to manage your diabetes when your employer is aware of it. So, do not hide it from them.

So, here are the ways that we can manage our diabetes.

Diet

Mild diabetes, that is many situations of type 2 diabetes, can be managed by diet. Some good foods to help control diabetes include fatty fish, leafy greens, eggs, beans, Greek Yoghurt, chia seeds, and nuts.

By fatty fish, we mean fish such as salmon, sardines, tuna, trout, or mackerel. They are all full of omega-3 fatty acids, which is a good type of fat. Patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) have reported beneficial effects when it comes to blood pressure, plasma triglyceride levels, eicosanoid formation, and platelet function when eating foods containing it.

With diabetes mellitus, the body does not produce enough or respond to enough insulin. This results in blood sugar, or glucose levels, being abnormally high. So, this must be considered when you are eating certain foods that will affect the very levels that you are trying so hard to control.

Foods to avoid include beverages that have been sweetened with sugar, honey, white bread, dried fruit, fruity yoghurts, and trans fats. Microwave popcorn or frozen pizza are examples of foods containing trans-fat.

Tablets

Where diet alone does not keep diabetes under control, a doctor can issue a prescription for tablets. This is the most convenient way to control diabetes in a medical sense. If you are fine swallowing tablets, then it is a small price to pay to keep the condition under control.

Insulin Injections

Insulin injections will be required by those with type 1 diabetes and can sometimes be required in cases where type 2 diabetes has been diagnosed. The most common way of administering insulin is through a syringe. There are, however, alternative options that allow for insulin to be delivered via pens and pumps.

Management of Diabetes

It is encouraging that most patients will manage their diabetesthemselves, and in many cases, give themselves insulin injections, when required. Kits are available to check on sugar levels. Patients can be assigned a diabetes nurse. Diabetes patients will need to be checked on more frequently than many other patients. This is because the condition means that patients are more susceptible to other medical problems. That is problems with their feet, for instance. 

In summary, diabetes is a chronic health condition that has to be lived with but is capable of management by the patient themselves with the guidance of a specialist nurse or doctor. It is a case of not neglecting any area of health when someone has diabetes, as it is known to cause other health problems. With type 2 diabetes, patients can benefit from merely thinking more about diet. Tablets can also be required where dietary intake is not enough to control diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is more serious a health condition than type 2diabetes, so will always require insulin injections. The key to living with diabetes is good management. In cases of type 2 diabetes, sensible diets can mean other interventions are avoided.

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