Although there is no cure for diabetes, it is manageable. You play a major role in managing your diabetes. Learn all you can about your condition, that is, how the body controls blood sugar, what effect insulin and different foods have on the body, what exercise is best and how to prevent possible complications.
To help you do this:
- Have regular medical checkups and follow your doctor’s orders.
- If you’re over 30 years old, talk to your health professional about taking a low-dose aspirin per day to help prevent a heart attack, stroke, or other large blood vessel disease (macrovascular disease), which are all risks of diabetes.
- Keep to the diet advised by your doctor or dietician, and do not miss meals. If you’re overweight, reduce your kilojoule intake; even a weight loss of 5 to 10% can help you achieve normal blood sugar levels.
- Try to do activities that raise your heart rate. Exercise for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week. Aim for daily exercise.
- Check your blood sugar levels regularly to make sure that your sugar levels are being adequately controlled.
- If you smoke, quit. Not smoking helps lower your risk of diabetes complications.
- Inspect your feet every day to look for cuts or other signs of injury. (If you have poor eyesight, have someone else check your feet.) Diabetes can damage the nerve endings and blood vessels in your feet, making you less likely to notice when your feet are injured. Diabetes also interferes with your body’s ability to fight infection. If you develop a minor foot injury, it could develop into an ulcer or a serious infection.
- Consult your doctor if you develop a persistent thirst and pass excessive amounts of urine. If possible, take a sample of urine with you to be tested.
Taking care of your diabetes takes time and energy every day, but it will help you feel better and may prevent, or at least delay, complications.
Our Employee Wellbeing Programme (EWP) is available 24 hours a day if you want to discuss diabetes. Call us on 0861872862 or email us at
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