World Diabetes Day: Avoid Complications of Diabetes

Diabetes Shouldn’t Stop You From Living Your Life. (Image Source: Shutterstock)
This Global Campaign Was Created to Spread Awareness of Diabetes (Image Source: Shutterstock)

World Diabetes Day: What Is Diabetes?

Maybe you’ve recently been diagnosed with diabetes, and you’re unclear on what your body’s doing differently. Or maybe you have a loved one who lives with diabetes, and you don’t completely understand what it’s like. Either way, it’s always good to be clear on the facts. So, what exactly is diabetes?

It’s Important To Be Aware And To Live Accordingly. (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Complications of Diabetes

Diabetes isn’t a death sentence, and it shouldn’t stop you from living your life. But it does come with some complications if you don’t follow your doctor’s recommendations. Left unmanaged or undermanaged, diabetes can damage your heart, nerves, kidneys, eyes, and ears. In some cases, severe nerve damage (called diabetic neuropathy) can necessitate amputation of the lower limbs.

Make Sure You Effectively Manage Your Glucose Levels (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Living Well: The Benefits of Exercise and More

I know some of this information can be frightening, but I promise I’m not telling you all this to scare you. I want you to be empowered to take the best care of yourself and live your very best life. Your medical team (general practitioner, endocrinologist, and other specialists) is your first and best resource for how to stay healthy, but here are some smart lifestyle tips you can also use. The great news? These are things everyone should be doing, so they may already be habits of yours. If not, there’s no time like the present to make them the standard for everyone in your home!

Healthy Eating with Diabetes │National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Put Down the Salt Shaker

Salt doesn’t affect your blood sugar level (hooray!), but it does contribute to high blood pressure. As you need to be extra-diligent about your cardiac health, do your best to limit your sodium intake. Try using garlic powder, crushed herbs, or a pinch of grated Parmesan cheese in its place.

Watch Your Carbohydrate Intake

You may think that if you’ve cut dessert and other sweets out of your diet, you’re good to go. While it’s especially important to not give into those pesky sugar cravings as a diabetic, you also need to watch your carbohydrate consumption. A big plate of spaghetti or a generous handful of potato chips can cause your blood sugar level to spike. Ask your doctor to set you up with a registered dietician who can help you learn the basics of carb counting for diabetes.

Make Time for Daily Exercise

I can’t emphasize enough how important it is for you to commit to 30 to 60 minutes of exercise five to seven days a week. Just going for a brisk half-hour walk every day can help you lose excess weight and reach a healthy BMI range. It can also lower your blood sugar level and help you combat the effects of stress on the body. (Your mental health and its physical ramifications are extra important for you as a person living with diabetes.) And, if you’re been wondering how to sleep better, getting some fresh air and exercise may be the very best way.

Living With a Diabetes Diagnosis Can Be Challenging (Image Source: Shutterstock)

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