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Diabetes Awareness Month Tips
Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious complications and problems such as blindness, kidney disease, amputation, heart attack and stroke.
Get full faster, eat less, with soluble fiber from fruits, vegetables and beans.
Make sure that you have records on your blood glucose levels ready to show your physician at all times.
Protect you feet and skin, never go out barefoot and inspect your feet every day for cuts, bruises, blisters, or swelling.
Try to find a new diabetic recipe to try.
Balance those carbohydrates in your diet by eating brown rice instead of white rice, steel-cut oats instead of processed cereals or instant oatmeal, or whole-grain bread instead of white bread.
Don’t skip breakfast. Start your day off with a good breakfast. Eating breakfast every day will help you have energy as well as steady blood sugar levels.
Eat healthy fats: instead of snacking on cheese, chips or crackers, enjoy a handful of unsalted nuts or seeds. Go for variety with sunflower, pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews, pecans, and walnuts.
Reduce simple sugar consumption and make healthy substitutions. Substitute sparkling water for soda, a bowl of frozen fruit instead of ice cream, one slice of your favorite cheese instead of cake, or a piece of fruit instead of pie.
Know the symptoms of hyperglycemia or high blood sugars:
Be physically active daily, try walking at least 30 minutes a day and use a pedometer to track your steps.
If you are at risk, type 2 diabetes can be prevented with moderate weight loss (10-15 pounds) and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity for example brisk walking each day.
Talk to your doctor about the A1C goal that is best for you. A1C tells you the average level of glucose or sugar in your blood over 2-3 months. An A1C level of 7% or less is the goal for many people with diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association has recommended these target goals for blood glucose monitoring:
Fasting or before meals Plasma Glucose level: 70-130 mg/dl
After meal Plasma Glucose level: less than 180 mg/dl
Diabetes is easier to mange when you have people in your life supporting you. Ask your family members or friends to offer support or try attending a diabetes support group meeting.
Manage your diabetes with healthy eating, physical activity, taking your medicines and stress management.
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