Once diagnosed with diabetes, the first and most important step is to educate yourself. Armed with adequate knowledge, you will then be able to make wise decisions when choosing a doctor to help with your treatments.
The doctor should provide you with information on how to control your blood sugar level, what are the treatments involved and lifestyle changes that will work towards putting your type of diabetes under control.
You will also need to look out for possible diabetes complications and learn to take care of your body. Since diabetes can affect the foot, eye and kidney, you may need to seek the counsel of specialist based on your doctor's recommendation.
If for instance, you are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, you will need to have insulin injections. Although you can have someone else to help you with the injection, it is necessary that you learn the procedure, as you may need to inject yourself in an emergency.
These insulin injections, usually done around mealtime, are either predetermined by the doctor or they are prescribed based on the level of your blood sugar. When using insulin, it is important to take regular meals or you can develop hypoglycemia, a diet-related condition where there is an abnormally low level of sugar in the blood. In the worst case scenario, people with this condition can go into a coma.
Exercise is essential and important. It needs to be done regularly. Basically, if you take a 20-minute walk on a thrice weekly basis, you will make an impact on the level of sugar in your blood. Additional exercises will be beneficial to your health. However, do be careful if you have already developed some kind of complaints that are related to your type of diabetes. You should seek the expert advice of your doctor as you should work on exercises that are not harmful to your body.
People suffering with diabetes must be put on a healthy diet plan. The diabetic diet should be high in fiber, but low in fats and sugar. You must eat regularly and with about the same portion of food each time. This will help make it easier to control the levels of your blood sugar.
For those who take alcohol, it is advisable to either drink modestately or quit equally. If you choose to continue with drinking, you should take no more than three drinks on any given day or should not exceed seven drinks per week. Please note that alcohol can lower or raise the levels of sugar, cause nerve pain, and increase your triglycerides, the chemical form in which most fats exist in food and the body.
The risks at developing severe diabetes complications will go up, if you are a smoker. Your blood vessels are probably damaged from smoking and you are placed at risk for a stroke or heart disease. AIDS, damaged blood vessels will cause poor blood circulation in the lower parts of the body and this can lead to more serious consequences, such as amputations.
Do not allow diabetes to take control of you. Be proactive, take control of the disease. All it takes is make changes by adopting a healthy lifestyle, quit or reduce your intake of alcohol, and stop smoking altogether.