Following from our last post for Diabetes Week 2023 we have provided below an number of tips and tricks to help you with managing diabetes.
Managing diabetes effectively involves a combination of lifestyle changes, medication (if prescribed), and regular monitoring. Here are some key strategies for managing diabetes:
Follow a balanced diet: Choose foods that are low in refined sugars and carbohydrates, and focus on consuming a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats.
Portion control: Be mindful of your portion sizes to help regulate blood sugar levels and maintain a healthy weight.
Carbohydrate counting: Learn to count carbohydrates, as they significantly impact blood sugar levels. This can help you adjust your insulin or medication doses accordingly.
Regular Physical Activity:
Engage in regular exercise: Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (such as brisk walking) or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (such as running) per week. Consult your healthcare provider before starting any exercise program.
Incorporate strength training: Include activities that strengthen your muscles at least twice weekly.
Stay active throughout the day:
Avoid prolonged sitting or sedentary behaviours by taking short walks, stretching, or doing light exercises every hour.
Medication and Insulin:
Take prescribed medications as directed: If you have type 2 diabetes, your healthcare provider may prescribe oral medications or injectable medications like insulin to help manage your blood sugar levels.
Insulin management: If you have type 1 diabetes or require insulin, work closely with your healthcare provider to determine the appropriate type of insulin, dosage, and timing of injections or use of insulin pumps.
Check blood sugar levels: Monitor your blood sugar levels regularly using a glucose meter. This helps you understand how your body responds to different foods, activities, and medications.
A1C tests: Get your A1C levels checked as your healthcare provider recommends. This test provides an average of your blood sugar levels over the past two to three months.
Stress can affect blood sugar levels, so finding healthy ways to manage stress is important. Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, or engaging in activities you enjoy.
Regular Medical Check-ups:
Schedule regular visits with your healthcare provider to monitor your diabetes management, review your medication plan, and address any concerns or questions you may have.
Diabetes Education and Support:
Consider attending diabetes education programs or support groups to learn more about managing diabetes and connect with others with similar experiences. Diabetes Australia provides a great variety of supports and services.
Managing diabetes is a lifelong commitment, and individual approaches may vary. It’s crucial to work closely with your healthcare team to develop a personalised diabetes management plan that meets your specific needs and goals.
As always you can reach out to the wonderful team at Twin Waters Pharmacy for help and advice.