Thursday, December 2, 2010

Managing Your Diabetes

If your lifestyle changes aren't in place, your medication is going to be limited in effect. This needs to be used in conjunction with proper diet and exercise.
Eating well means looking for healthy foods with low glycemic indexes which means they don't contain a lot of carbohydrates or sugars that will spike your blood sugar.
Physical activity can reduce your glucose levels and blood pressure and aid in your body's ability to use insulin.

Note down all your glucose readings and make comments about the reasons why they may be hogh or low, and record the times you take your medicine.
Share notes with your doctor, who in turn can offer advice for regulating your blood sugar levels. Always get a copy of your lab results so you'll know your usual numbers for your blood sugar and A1C test.

Diabetics who are over 40 should take an 81mg. low-dose aspirin daily. But check with your doctor as well. If you have allergies to aspirin or bleeding problems, it might not be the right course for you.