Some things that need to be done
when you or someone you know is diagnosed with diabetes:
This is the
most important thing. A blood glucose test measures
the amount of a type of sugar, called glucose, in your
blood. Normally, your blood glucose levels increase
after a meal. This increase causes your pancreas to
release insulin so that your blood glucose levels do
not get too high. Blood glucose levels that remain
high over time can damage your eyes, kidneys, nerves,
and blood vessels.
The chart below is to
give you an idea of where your blood glucose level
should be throughout the day.
Time of Test
Ideal for Adults With Diabetes
Before bedtime snack
Less than 180 mg/dL
American Diabetes Association, 2005
exercise daily. By exercising every day it helps with
a lot more then just your diabetes. It helps with your
heart, weight and can help with stress. Most
importantly for people with diabetes it can help you
burn up the glucose in your blood which in turn causes
the glucose levels to drop.
problems are often the most serious of all the
problems associated with diabetes. Check them daily
for any problems or wounds that do not heal. If any
are found call your doctor immediately.
Plenty of Water
8 glasses of
water a day will provide you with enough fluids and
keep you hydrated.
what you eat is also very important to controlling
your diabetes, not to mention your health in general.
Low carbohydrates, fresh vegetables and fish or
skinless chicken will help you control glucose levels.
2 to 3 times a week you should eat fish.
another very important factor in your overall health
and well being. Not getting enough sleep has been
associated with a higher risk for type 2 diabetes, and
if you don't sleep enough your emergency hormones tend
to increase your blood glucose levels.