Diabetes has been called the “silent killer” and with good reason–it is the seventh-leading cause of death among Americans.
The complications that can result from diabetes are serious, including cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, kidney damage, eye damage, foot damage, skin conditions, hearing impairment, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Some tips that could help you:
- Work with your doctors: Of course, it’s always important to follow doctors’ orders. But considering all the variables involved in diabetes, it can be beneficial to get a personally tailored care plan. Because diabetes can lead to a variety of problems, your physicians can specify which symptoms to watch for and which course of action is likely to be most effective.
- Watch your diet: Controlling your diet can be one of the most effective ways to control diabetes. Eating a balanced diet is key, with an emphasis on fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and low-fat dairy. Also, be mindful of portion sizes.
- Get moving: Exercise is important for diabetics. First, it can lead to weight loss, which can help control diabetes. But whether you drop a few pounds or not, simply exercising can lower your blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity.
- Manage your stress: People often link Type 2 diabetes with diet, but there are other contributing factors. One of them, surprisingly, can be stress. Stress can trigger hormonal responses that make your blood sugar rise and make it harder to control. Finding a way to cope with stress can help lessen your risks.
Diabetes is a fairly common disease, affecting 9.3% of Americans, but not one to be taken lightly. Being diligent about your treatment can pay great benefits.