Tips on How to Control Diabetes

Are you at a loss for how to control diabetes?  Read on for the top 5 things you need to know…

 Do you remember the television shows that featured the guy balancing spinning plates atop of sticks, and how harried he was trying hard to get them all to spin but not fall down?  Most people feel that way about controlling their diabetes, but they really shouldn’t.  

Educate yourself

When People are first diagnosed with diabetes, they tend to panic, and then slowly they realize that they have to find out more about the condition in order to keep out of trouble and stay healthy.  The web is a fascinating domain, but if you stick to the "accepted" health articles, you may get the message that type 2 diabetes is incurable (it is curable, thousands of people are doing it) and that your only recourse is to manage your blood sugar levels by injecting insulin.  Nothing could be farther from the truth in both cases.  That’s where you need to use the web to dig a little further.  Our favorite sites (outside of Blood Sugar Battles…  ;-)) to get you started are:

Blood Sugar 101 

In addition, there are lots of special in person and online classes being held all the time for diabetics, or even as a brush-up course for those who are not newly diagnosed. Mostly they are given free in various health centers and you will learn more about diabetes through such courses than you ever thought possible.

 Medical care

Your Healthcare provider needs to be someone you trust and who will listen to you, especially if you are using diet to control your blood sugar levels.  Visit your healthcare provider or Doctor regularly, jot down your questions, and record the answers if you need it, but be open with not only your healthcare provider but also family and friends too.  It is important you know that they can help and they care.

Actively control diabetes

Granted, your healthcare provider, family, and friends want to help, but they can't do it for you.  You will have to stick to the exercise regimen and diet plan that your doctor has prescribed for you, or that your nutritionist created for you. If you cheat, you are only cheating yourself. Successful management of diabetes is a participation sport!

Fear not an A1C

Your healthcare provider will want you to test your blood sugar levels at regular intervals so that you can manage your blood sugar highs and lows, however, every three to six months your healthcare provider should call you into the office to have blood drawn for an A1C to be performed.  All that entails is a three-month average of your blood glucose. You will also be tested for cholesterol and blood pressure so that you remain healthy as possible. Now to tie in with the last tip, if you cheat, this is where it will show up! 


As you learn how to test yourself for a blood glucose reading, you will discover that there are many products and health gadgets out there that will help you tremendously. New inventions come onto the market every day.  For instance, you do not even have to do a painful finger stick now. Monitors have done away with having to keep a tedious diary of blood sugar tests, as they now have excellent memories that can be totally relied upon. Some monitors can take a blood samples from your forearm instead of your ultra-sensitive fingertip.  It is touted as being "virtually painless." 

Believe it or not, there is even a monitor out there in the market that can do that A1C blood count at home, and scientists are creating new things daily to treat diabetes. Remember, always, that having diabetes is not a death sentence, there are myriad of things out there to help you control diabetes.

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