Diabetes is a disease which is prevalent allover the world affecting a large population especially the Americans. This disease affects parts of the body as well as life. Successful management of diabetes therefore is necessary and depends on the patient’s adherence to diet, medications, regular check of blood glucose, and above all physical exercises. This would help in achieving the goal of living a happy, healthy life with diabetes. When affected with diabetes the patient must learn to take care of himself. The can be achieved through gaining knowledge that will help in making good choices and developing skills to put to use your knowledge in daily life. Patients must know their symptoms and how to rectify them.
For effective management of diabetes many different treatments and strategies would be required to be chalked out. All these changes can seem difficult initially, but can be easily handled once understood.
Commencing a well balanced diet is difficult initially especially when a diet has never been followed before the diabetes diagnosis. However, a thorough, proper and sound knowledge of diabetes and diets involved can assist proper maintenance of diabetes. The best diet is the one that can be followed for life.
Arriving at and then maintaining a healthy weight is important for everyone and especially those with diabetes. Controlling weight in type 2 diabetes is very important as extra body fat impedes the production and utilization of insulin by the body.
Nutrition plays an important role in successful management of diabetes. The quality, quantity and type of food the diabetic eats and the timings, affect the blood sugar levels. Meals taken at regular times, foods low in fat, high in fiber with a limited amount of simple carbohydrates has a positive effect on management of diabetes.
Correct food choice for a good and healthy diet during diabetes is desirable to avoid monotony in taste. Another important factor in the treatment of diabetes is losing weight as it also lowers the risk of heart related diseases as well as other problems caused by diabetes. A qualified dietitian can provide sound knowledge about nutrition as also help develop a personalized meal plan in conformity with lifestyle, activity levels, and medical requirements. To keep blood sugar levels in control, healthy food choices must be made, exercises taken regularly, along with the prescribed medicines. Blood glucose level fluctuations and mood swings can be avoided if correct diet is taken every day. Chosing fewer foods high in sugars, eating a variety of foods including fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts, dairy products, grains/cereals, whole wheat items, and consuming the required amount of calories will not only help in maintaining weight but also blood sugar levels.
Consuming alcohol in diabetic condition is harmful. Alcohol provides empty calorie and this will cause weight gain and thus affect blood glucose levels. Smoking too is harmful for diabetic patients, as it increases the risk of certain complications like heart diseases, eye disease, kidney disease etc. Smoking not only increases chances of contracting diabetes, it also impedes management of the existing diabetic condition.