Some believe that living a normal life is almost impossible with diabetes. The following article offers tips for managing the symptoms of diabetes, while still being able to function as normally as possible through your lifetime. Applying the advice in this article to your life only happens if you make a deliberate choice to do so.
Foods have a “glycemic index” number which says how much they will affect blood sugar based on what is in them. Keep in mind that lower GI numbers are what a diabetic needs.
A wide variety of foods are rich in protein, including obvious sources like beans and eggs, and other healthful choices like dairy and tofu. You will enjoy eating more if you diversify things.
In modern times, you can find diabetics anywhere. By doing what makes you most comfortable you can reduce any stress or shame you feel about your disease.
A pedicure can be dangerous if you have diabetes. Diabetics are sensitive to infection. So, you should be careful if there’s a cut or puncture there.
Fructose Corn Syrup
Many common foods and beverages contain this ingredient, including a variety of sodas, cereals, snacks and condiments. Make sure you carefully read the labels on any prepared foods before you purchase them. If they contain high fructose corn syrup, leave them on the shelf. Sometimes, this ingredient is labeled differently, depending on the country of your residence. In Canada for example, high fructose corn syrup is usually found on food labels as “glucose” or “fructose.”
Educate yourself so that you know which foods are most likely to cause your blood sugar to spike. Some examples of foods with high glycemic indexes are cereal, desserts, juices, breads and pasta. Your blood sugars do not respond well to foods that are processed either. Rather than consuming these terrible foods, eat fish, meat, fruits, and vegetables.
If you think you might have gestational diabetes, let your doctor know. If you do have gestational diabetes and you choose to look the other way, you are not only putting yourself in harm’s way, but your baby’s health as well. The best way to improve your diabetic condition during pregnancy is through diet and exercise.
If you are a diabetic, you should consider eating five to six little meals rather than three large meals everyday. Eating frequent small meals improves your chance of keeping glucose levels stable. Eating more often also makes it less likely that you will binge, as you are likely to feel more satisfied.
You are not at fault for gestational diabetes. It is out of the control of the person it affects and is very, very common. Don’t become too stressed, and think positively of your young one and yourself.
Most diabetics need to take fast acting insulin a few minutes before eating. Check with your doctor to make sure this applies to you. Fast-acting insulins can be a very effective for maintaining blood sugars, but only if they are properly dosed and timed for each individual.
The tips above should have given you a good idea of the little things you can do to manage your Diabetes and have a fulfilled life. There is no reason for you to live less of a life than you want to live. You are the only person who can control the type of life you have whether you have diabetes or not.