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Learn how to live with Diabetes

It is common to feel overwhelmed, sad, or angry when you are living with Diabetes. You may know the steps you should take to stay healthy, but have trouble sticking with your plan over time. This section has tips on how to cope with your Diabetes, eat well, and be active.

Cope with your Diabetes.

  • Stress can raise your blood sugar. Learn ways to lower your stress. Try deep breathing, gardening, taking a walk, meditating, working on your hobby, or listening to your favorite music.
  • Ask for help if you feel down. A mental health counselor, support group, member of the clergy, friend, or family member who will listen to your concerns may help you feel better.

Know what to do every day

Topic: Knowing your medications and tracking them

 

 

 

Take your medicines for Diabetes and any other health problems even when you feel good. Ask your doctor if you need aspirin to prevent a Heart Attack or Stroke. Tell your doctor if you cannot afford your medicines or if you have any side effects.

  • Check your feet every day for cuts, blisters, red spots, and swelling. Call your Healthcare team right away about any sores that do not go away.
  • Brush your teeth and floss every day to keep your mouth, teeth, and gums healthy.
  • Stop smoking. Ask for help to quit. Call 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669).
  • Keep track of your blood sugar. You may want to check it one or more times a day. Be sure to talk about it with your Healthcare team.
  • Check your blood pressure if your doctor advises and keep a record of it.

YOU are the most important member of your Healthcare team.

Topic: Who is the right medical team for me?

 

 

 

 

You are the one who manages your Diabetes day by day. Talk to your doctor about how you can best care for your Diabetes to stay healthy. Some others who can help are:

Dentist          Diabetes Doctor          Dietitian          Diabetes Educator          Eye Doctor          Foot Doctor          

Friends and Family          Mental Health Counselor          Nurse Practitioner          Pharmacist          Social Worker

 


Eat well!

Topic: What am I supposed to eat to keep balance?

 

 

 

 

 

  •  Make a Diabetes meal plan with help from your Healthcare team.
  • Choose foods that are lower in calories, saturated fat, trans fat, sugar, and salt.
  • Eat foods with more fiber, such as whole grain cereals, breads, crackers, rice, or pasta.
  • Choose foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, bread and cereals, and low-fat or skim milk and cheese.
  • Drink water instead of juice and regular soda.

When eating a meal, fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables, one quarter with a lean protein, such as beans, or chicken or turkey without the skin, and one quarter with a whole grain, such as brown rice or whole wheat pasta.



Be Active!


Topic: No time to excise \ What can I do?

 

 

 

 

 

  • Set a goal to be more active most days of the week. Start slow by taking 10 minute walks, 3 times a day.
  • Twice a week, work to increase your muscle strength. Use stretch bands, do Yoga, heavy gardening (digging and planting with tools), or try push-ups.
  • Stay at or get to a healthy weight by using your meal plan and moving more.

 


Diabetic and Foot Problems.

Topic: Legs, Feet and Skin, Keeping it real.

 

 

 

 

Foot problems are common in people with Diabetes. You might be afraid you’ll lose a toe, foot, or leg to Diabetes, or know someone who has, but you can lower your chances of having Diabetes-related foot problems by taking care of your feet every day. Managing your blood glucose levels, also called blood sugar, can also help keep your feet healthy.

How can Diabetes affect my feet?

Over time, Diabetes may cause nerve damage, also called Diabetic Neuropathy, that can cause tingling and pain, and can make you lose feeling in your feet. When you lose feeling in your feet, you may not feel a pebble inside your sock or a blister on your foot, which can lead to cuts and sores. Cuts and sores can become infected.

Diabetes also can lower the amount of blood flow in your feet. Not having enough blood flowing to your legs and feet can make it hard for a sore or an infection to heal. Sometimes, a bad infection never heals. The infection might lead to Gangrene.

Gangrene and foot ulcers that do not get better with treatment can lead to an Amputation of your toe, foot, or part of your leg. A surgeon may perform an amputation to prevent a bad infection from spreading to the rest of your body, and to save your life. Good foot care is very important to prevent serious infections and gangrene.

Although rare, nerve damage from Diabetes can lead to changes in the shape of your feet, such as Charcot’s foot. Charcot’s foot may start with redness, warmth, and swelling. Later, bones in your feet and toes can shift or break, which can cause your feet to have an odd shape, such as a “rocker bottom.”