Effective Methods To Help You Manage Diabetes
Educating yourself on the subject of diabetes should be your number-one priority if you have been diagnosed with the disease. Before you can properly treat it, you need to know exactly what you're dealing with. Here are a collection of tips you can use to assist in the fight against diabetes.
A diet too high in protein can actually be harmful to diabetics. Some people think more protein is good, but studies have shown that too much animal protein can cause insulin-resistance, a factor in diabetes. Try to include proper amounts of protein, vegetables and carbohydrates to keep your diet healthy and well-balanced.
Watch your feet. More than half of all foot and leg amputations performed in the U.S. are related to diabetes. Diabetes can cause nerve damage and loss of feeling in your feet, known as Neuropathy. It is important for diabetics to check their feet often. You should watch for red spots and swelling, and keep your feet cared for by trimming your nails and wearing comfortable and supportive shoes.
Because blood glucose monitors are fairly inexpensive (companies make their money on the strips), it is a good idea to have several monitors to make testing more convenient. Put them in all the places you normally “test” – your bedroom, kitchen, and office. This will ensure you always have a monitor nearby and lessen the hassle of testing.
When you have diabetes, immaculate mouth care is not an option if you want healthy teeth and gums. Gum disease is much more prevalent in diabetics, and great care taken with your mouth can help you to have better dental health. Careful brushing and flossing and more frequent dental visits are important as well.
The food you eat is not the only thing that affects your blood glucose level. To help decrease your glucose level, you should make sure you spend a little bit of time each day doing some exercise. When you exercise, your body uses glucose and it could burn the glucose even if you exercised 24 hours ago.
Vinegar helps to keep blood sugar spikes at bay for diabetics who eat it during a meal. Some people actually recommend drinking it straight before you eat! I like to sprinkle it on a salad, or douse my vegetables in it. It's also great for marinating meats! It's extremely versatile.
Beans for breakfast, beans for tea, beans for you and beans for me! Beans are packed full of protein and fiber, which are both very important in the meals of a diabetic. Try to include as many beans and lentils in the foods you eat as possible. Just cook them up and throw them into everything, from chili to salads!
After reading these tips, you now have a powerful tool at your disposal — information. What's important now is that you use this tool to build a strong defense against diabetes. This disease might not seem very serious now, but a failure to manage it properly can be devastating. Don't find out the hard way; use what you've learned here and work to stay healthy.