Many people with diabetes lead full, active lives that include marriage, intimacy, family, careers, sports and vacations. A lot depends on how well you and your treatment team control the disease.
Yet diabetes is a chronic condition that can at times be frustrated or frightening, even in well managed cases. Just one episode of poorly managed blood sugar can cause problems that may seem insurmountable, even though they can be fixed.
The best way to cope with diabetes is to take an active part in your treatment plan. Follow the given steps and it will help you to cope with your disease.
Learn everything you can about the disease from reliable sources. Write down questions to ask your doctor. Don’t hesitate to ask anything.
Blood sugar level
Know your blood sugar level goals. Know what your target blood sugar level is. Monitor your blood sugar as recommended by doctor. Inform your doctor of problems.
Blood sugar tests
Test your blood sugar levels regularly. In addition to your home glucose monitoring, see your doctor regularly for certain blood tests. For example, the glycohemoglobin or A1C test is used to monitor blood sugar control over the past few months. This can be important in assessing whether your treatment plan is effective.
Inquire about other home tests. Ask your doctor about other tests you might need to perform at home. Such as ketone tests, which check for waste products produced when the body burns fat instead for energy.
Inspect your feet daily
Take care of your feet. You can reduce your risk of foot ulcers and other problems through routine maintenance. This includes:
Check your feet daily for major or other minor wounds.
Wear the right footwear, shoes that breathe and fit well rather than sandals or pointy toed high heels.
Take care of your skin
Inspect your skin daily and use remedies suggested by your doctor to relieve dry itchy skin.
Avoid high or low blood sugar
Plan with your doctor what to do during an episode of high or low blood sugar.
Be prepared for a blood sugar emergency. If advised by your doctor, have on hand emergency equipment such as glucagon injections. Train the appropriate person in what to do.
Counseling can also help. Ask your doctor or a diabetic friend for suggestions and don’t be afraid to ask family members to pitch in when you are feeling overloaded.