November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Whether you know a loved one who has diabetes or you have it yourself, managing blood sugar levels is important to everyone’s health. Elements in life can be stressful and seemingly impossible, but staying ahead of diabetes does not have to one of them. With these four steps, you will be in control of the effects of diabetes and be on track to the healthiest you.
Since 2000, diabetes has increased by 2.5 percent in adults. It is a condition that affects people regardless of age or gender. There are three types of diabetes that can be caused by either genetics, pregnancy or high blood sugar.
Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin, which is essential for transporting glucose to the blood stream. The most common form of diabetes is type 2. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body has insulin but does not use it properly. Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy and usually goes away after you give birth. Most of the time, all types require medication and monitoring throughout the day.
Stay current and educated about diabetes to know the most helpful information about living with the condition. Information is readily available from multiple resources. The American Diabetes Association is an organization that exists to be a resource for tips, research and a community for people impacted by diabetes.
Diabetes can negatively affect your mental health. DiabetesEducator.org says, “When someone is diagnosed with diabetes, a variety of emotions can emerge including sadness, guilt, fear, anger and others.”
Manage these emotions by incorporating a meditation routine into your day or joining a support group online or in person. The most important thing to understand is that you are not alone in this process, and people are here to help you through your journey with diabetes.
Physical health is important to prevent, control or eliminate diabetes all together. Proper nutrition and exercise routines all positively help your physical well-being.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests that an increased amount of vegetables and fruits, more whole grains, lean proteins and plenty of water is key to good nutrition.
Starting the journey to improve physical health does not have to be scary or overwhelming. Finding a place to start, setting reasonable goals for yourself and making small improvements are the most effective ways to take control of your physical health.
You can help find a cure by doing these three things:
The four things listed are important to follow regardless if you have diabetes or not. Even if you do not have diabetes, you can stand in solidarity and support with people you know who are diabetic by incorporating these elements into your life. Everyone has the opportunity to be active in finding a cure for diabetes.
Consult a doctor before making any health changes related to a specific diagnosis or condition. No information in this article should be relied upon to determine diet, make a medical diagnosis, or determine treatment for a medical condition. The information in this article is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice.