Taking care of yourself and managing your diabetes is important to help your feel good today and in the future. When your blood sugar is close to normal, you are likely to:
- have more energy
- go to the bathroom less to pass urine
- have your wounds/sores heal better
- have less bladder and skin infections
You will also decrease your chance of developing health problems caused by diabetes, such as:
- heart attack or stroke
- eye problems that can lead to trouble seeing or going blind
- pain, tingling, or numbness in your hands and feet
- kidney problems
- teeth and gum problems
There are actions that you can take to help you live a healthier life and better manage your diabetes:
- Learn ways to decrease your stress level. Stress can raise your blood sugar.
- Eat a healthy well balanced diet. Choose foods that are lower in calories, saturated fat, Trans fat, sugar, and salt. Eat foods that are high in fiber.
- Be active. Try and get 30 minutes of physical activity 5 days a week. Start slow by setting the goal to be more active most days of the week.
- Take all your medications as prescribed by your provider.
Ask your healthcare provider about classes that can help you learn more about living with diabetes. It’s important for people with diabetes to stay at a healthy weight, make healthy food choices, move more every day, and take their medication even when they feel good. It’s a lot to do and it’s not always easy. But you’re worth it!