What are Your Top Tips for Managing Diabetes?
Trevor Thain, Pharmacist
1. Make an appointment with a diabetes educator. Diabetes management is not easy – in fact, it can seem like a full-time job. A diabetes educator is the perfect complement to your physician and can help answer questions relating to meal recommendations, food intake monitoring and physical activity. In addition, a diabetes educator can help increase your confidence in knowing you are doing all you can to reduce the risks of diabetes complications.
2. Understand that you can still eat the foods you like. Having diabetes doesn’t mean you have to give up certain foods like desserts, pizza, soda, etc. The reality is, you can still eat what you like as long as your carbs are under control. Making efforts to control portion sizes will allow you to still eat the things you love and maintain control of diabetes.
3. Make weight loss a priority. If you are overweight, weight loss can be an essential element to improving diabetes management and decreasing medication needs. It can also lead to potentially putting diabetes into remission.
4. Controlling diabetes only leads to positive impacts! Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to several complications such as nerve damage, foot damage, eye damage, skin conditions, death and more. When diabetes is controlled and managed appropriately, these scary complications can be avoided.
The views and opinions expressed above are those of the author and do not necessarily represent that of AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation. The content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, prescribe or treat any health condition and should not be used as a substitute for consulting with your health professional.
November 1, 2018