Managing Diabetes - PRACTICAL TIPS

Posted by Trupti Shirole on Tue, Sep 7, 2010  
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There is an exapanding population of diabetes in China and India. Estimated that there are ove 120 million diabetics in India. Enlisted here are practical tips to manage your diabetes.

  • Strictly follow your doctor/endocrinologist’s instructions about controlling your blood glucose level. Take the medicines or insulin injections at the prescribed time.

 

  • Monitor the blood glucose levels regularly and follow-up with your doctor every 2months. 

 

  • Changing the lifestyle is important in managing diabetes. Proper dietary management and exercising regularly is very important.  

 

  • Diet must be low on sugar, fat and must consist of vegetables, fruits, whole grains. Cut down on sugar intake.  

 

  • Eat 5-6 small meals per day. 

 

  • Do not stay hungry for a longer period.  

 

  • Have food at regular intervals even if you are not feeling hungry. 

 

  • Diet should be rich in fiber. 

 

  • Avoid junk food.  

 

  • Exercising regularly reduces the fat and increases insulin sensitivity. Walking is a very good exercise. Yoga may also be helpful (paschimotasan).

 

  • If the blood glucose level falls after exercising consume a fresh fruit juice or any drink that will provide sugar to the body.  

 

  • Consult your doctor about multivitamin supplementation. Diabetic people tend to have a lower level of vitamins and minerals in their body. Vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium and zinc supplementation help reducing the damage to eyes, kidneys, nerve endings.  

 

  • Consult the doctor for any abnormal changes like excessive sleep, difficulty in urination etc.  

 

  • Professional dental cleaning and flossing must be done every 6months.  

 

  • Routine eye check ups, every 6months is a must. 

 

  • Quit smoking. 

 

  • Aromatherapy is useful for curing skin diseases and relieving stress in diabetic patients. Put 3-5 drops of essential oil (juniper/ geranium/ eucalyptus) on the patient’s handkerchief and ask them to inhale it. This helps relieve stress.  

 

RELATED LINKS-

  • http://www.medindia.net/yoga-lifestyle/Diabetes-Paschimotasana.htm
  • http://www.medindia.net/patients/patientinfo/diabetesandexercise.htm
  • http://www.medindia.net/news/Diabetes-Management-With-Grapefruit-Study-73166-1.htm
  • http://www.medindia.net/patients/calculators/diabetes-risk-assessment-calculator.asp

 

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