Before moving on to other topics, I wanted to finish up the discussion on diabetes, with diabetic management.
So what if you have diabetes, or are pre-diabetic? Newer research is coming out explaining that the outcomes related to individuals with diabetes versus pre-diabetes are NO DIFFERENT. Which means that by the time an individual is diagnosed with prediabetes, long term effects are already starting to impact the body– and you may feel perfectly fine. This also means that prevention is HUGE.
Think about your own risk factors. Then think about your lifestyle. Is there even one thing that could be improved that may decrease your risk of developing this long-term, debilitating disease? Start there. Just one change. It may feel small, but could have a big impact on your long-term health and quality of life.
However, if or when you receive either of these diagnosis, be proactive! Take charge of your own health! Start or continue to follow recommendations made in the previous post on prevention. And:
- Keep regular appointments with a provider who will be managing your diabetes. Make sure you are getting bloodwork to check blood sugar levels done regularly.
- If the provider prescribes a blood sugar check for you before EACH meal and at bedtime, DO IT. This pre-meal blood sugar level lets you and your provider know how well your current medication regimen is working with your current lifestyle and diet. Keeping a record of this for each appointment will be helpful in ensuring you are on medication that is properly managing your diabetes, or controlling it to prevent further complications.
- Take your medications as prescribed. Again, the medications are working in place of your pancreas. By taking them correctly, you can prevent or minimize further complications of diabetes.
- Food for thought: if you are taking new diabetic medications AND making lifestyle changes from my prevention of diabetes post, you may improve your blood sugar levels over time, potentially no longer needing diabetic medications in the future. Yet another reason it is so important to regularly monitor your blood sugar levels!
If you have questions or ideas for additional chronic disease topics, I would love to hear them!