Lifestyle changes to manage diabetes | 1 min read

Diabetes is a complex disease, but it is treatable. Each person is unique; so is their journey living with diabetes. No matter what your journey, the disease requires continuous management to ensure quality of life and to prevent serious complications that may be life-threatening. To manage diabetes effectively, you need to do the following:

Keep up with your healthcare appointments:

  • General practitioner and dentist
  • Diabetes educator
  • Dietician
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Podiatrist
  • Other healthcare professionals


Manage your glucose levels:

  • Check your glucose levels regularly.
  • Take your diabetes medicine as prescribed.
  • Exercise regularly to keep fit, maintain a healthy weight, and to help regulate your blood glucose levels. Exercise is also a proven mood enhancer.
  • Manage your stress levels. Stress management techniques include a 10-minute walk or    meditation.
  • Organise yourself and always keeping a positive attitude.


Practice good sleeping habits:

  • Be consistent. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning.
  • Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing, and at a comfortable temperature.
  • Remove electronic devices, such as TVs, computers, and smartphones, from the bedroom.
  • Avoid large meals, caffeine, and alcohol before bedtime.


Plan your meals ahead:

  • Plan what you will eat at each meal. Stick to your diabetes eating plan as far as possible.
  • Keep healthy snacks with you to avoid snacking on empty calories.


Sources:
www.healthline.com
www.sleepeducation.org
www.mayoclinic.org
www.cdc.gov/

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