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How to Help Your Body Control Diabetes

Diabetes is a dangerous and horrible disease. It attacks the body in such a way that your body no longer functions the way it was intended to function. When it comes to dealing with diabetes, it can be difficult to understand how to train your body to help control it and keep it from becoming too chaotic. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to better care for your body and take control of your diabetes to avoid it taking control of you. Here is what you should know about taking control!

Learn the Disease

Before you can take control of the disease, you need to first understand the ins and outs of the disease. There are three types of diabetes that take control of the body. The first is Type 1 diabetes, and this type requires the individual to take insulin shots or insulin pills to ensure that the body can produce enough to turn the sugar into energy. Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes which hinders the production of insulin. The individual might have to take insulin, though it is not always required. Finally, gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that affects pregnant women only while they are pregnant. Usually, it goes away after the birth of the child, but sometimes it puts the mother and child at future risk for getting diabetes later.

Know Your Specifics

Everyone has a different experience with their diabetes. Just like everyone’s body is different, their diabetes affects them differently. You need to know everything about your specific type of diabetes and how it changes your body. Luckily, there are several ways to understand how your diabetes works. The A1C test is a blood test that measures your overall average blood sugar levels across the span of three months. You need to also have your blood pressure checked on a regular basis. Even your cholesterol is important for maintaining your diabetes, and knowing what your LDL (bad) and HDL (good) cholesterol levels are can help you better understand your specific diabetes.

Coping with the Disease

Unfortunately, there is no cure for diabetes yet. Because of this, you need to learn to cope with your disease in the best way you can. Eating well, lowering your stress, and asking for help are all important ways to take care of your body when you have diabetes. Even being active is important since your body needs to maintain a healthy weight to help control diabetes. In your day to day life, you also need to know what medications to take, whether or not you have any cuts or bruises, and even keeping track of your blood sugar all seem like minor things, but they make all the difference when it comes to taking care of your body while dealing with diabetes.

Make a Routine

One important way to take care of your body while dealing with diabetes is to create a routine for yourself. It is a known fact that routine is important, especially when dealing with a health issue. Some of the things you need to be putting on your routine are things like regular blood pressure checks, weight checks, and foot checks. You need to also be having your tests for cholesterol, dental exams, and even a urine test for kidney issues. Having a good routine can help ensure you are taking all the necessary measures needed to take control of your diabetes.

Tips to Remember

As you are learning to take care of your body with diabetes, you need to remember a few things that are important for taking control of the disease. First, your health care team is important, but you are the most important member of that team. Only you know what is going on inside your body, and you should tell your doctor if you start feeling any sort of pain or discomfort. Second, you need to remember the steps above for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Remember, eating well, exercising, and taking your medication are all important steps for taking control of diabetes. Finally, don’t be afraid to talk things over with your doctor and healthcare team. It’s okay to ask for help, especially if you need it to take control.

Conclusion

Diabetes is a common disease that attacks the body in many ways. Not only does it attack the body, but it takes control of the body, making it difficult for individuals suffering from the disease to live a normal life. Since diabetes is so controlling, it is important to follow the steps above to help you take control of your disease instead of letting it control you. Remember that routine is important, and there is no one better to fight against diabetes than yourself. It is a hard road, but taking the necessary steps can help you take control and live a fulfilled life despite the disease.

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Donald earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Simmons College and a master’s degree in nutrition education from Boston University. In addition to being a Registered Dietitian, he is a Certified Diabetes Educator and a member of the American Dietetic Association.

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