Tips for Managing Your Diabetes and Avoiding Complications
Keep track of the food you eat
For people with diabetes, it's important to keep body weight and blood sugar under
control. It may help to record your eating habits in a food diary. Details like
what time you eat, how hungry you are before and after you eat and even what you're
thinking about while you eat could go in your food diary. After a while, you may
learn more about why you make the food choices you make and what you can do to change
them, if necessary.
Cornerstones4Care®, the free diabetes support program from Novo Nordisk, has a number
of tools and tips to help you manage your diabetes your way. These include a
menu planner with a variety of delicious recipes, an
online blood sugar diary,
medicine reminders by e-mail (MediReminder),
physical activity tips and a whole lot more.
Click here to check out the tools
and tips at Cornerstones4Care.com. Registration is free, quick and easy!
Kick bad habits, such as smoking and alcohol
Smoking cigarettes can lead to many health problems. Diabetes symptoms and diabetes
complications are worse for smokers than nonsmokers. It's also important not to
drink excessive amounts of alcohol. If you are a heavy drinker and have diabetes,
it is a good idea to cut down or even stop drinking. To know more about how your
drinking habits may be affecting your diabetes, talk to your doctor.
Diabetes and maintaining healthy teeth and gums
Diabetes may lead to higher levels of sugar in your saliva. This could lead to a
higher risk for tooth decay and gum disease. To keep your teeth and gums healthy,
brush at least three times a day and floss daily. You should also make regular visits
to your dentist for examinations and cleanings. Learn more about diabetes and your
gums at Cornerstones4Care.com.
Diabetes and sleep—getting a good night's rest
It is important to your overall heath to get a full night of sleep. If you sleep
for a normal amount of hours every night but still feel tired during the day, you
may have sleep apnea. Loud ongoing snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea. There may
also be pauses in the snoring, followed by choking or gasping for air.
People with diabetes are more likely to have sleep apnea. Talk to your doctor if
you have sleep apnea, or if you feel that you aren't getting enough sleep at night.
Diabetes and foot care
Some people with diabetes get tingling or numbness in their feet due to nerve damage.
This is called neuropathy. That is why it is important to take good care of your
feet. Wash your feet daily and wear clean, dry socks throughout the day. Always
wear something on your feet to protect them from cuts or bruises, even inside the
house. Check your feet every day to make sure there are no blisters, swelling or
other problems. You can talk to your doctor or a podiatrist about any foot problems
you may have. Learn more about diabetes and
Check in with your diabetes care team regularly
Your diabetes care team may be more than just your doctor.Your diabetes treatment
plan is more than just your blood sugar. Diabetes may also affect your meal plan,
eyes, nerves, feet and your teeth and gums. You should work with an endocrinologist,
a registered dietitian, an ophthalmologist, a podiatrist and a dentist. Learn more
with your care team.