Managing diabetes can be challenging, but connecting with people who are navigating the same condition can make all the difference. Eating healthy foods, be physically active, monitor blood sugar levels, taking proper medication, managing other health complications and managing emotional side of diabetes is key to improve your health and quality of life.
Lifestyle is Key to Diabetes Self Management
Medication is also necessary, and its a crucial component of diabetes management and should be taken as directed. Some medications need to be timed with meals, and if so your doctor will instruct you on appropriate timing.
What, when and how much you eat are all important factors in managing diabetes. With the help of your registered dietitian or health care professional, you should develop and follow a meal plan based on your individual needs.
Nutrition Tips for People with Type 2 Diabetes
- Follow a consistent meal plan and schedule.
- Eat a balanced diet with a variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grain foods, low-fat dairy products, and lean meat, poultry, fish or meat alternatives.
- Eat the right amount of carbohydrate foods for good blood sugar control. Your registered dietician can determine how much carbohydrate food your body needs at each meal.
- Choose lower fat options and limit saturated fats.
- Use sugar in moderation. Consider lower sugar options if available.
- Check nutrition labels.
- Get your fiber. Fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grain foods are good sources of fiber.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Use less salt.
Everyone knows that physical activity is good for your health. But it’s especially important for people with diabetes or those trying to prevent the disease.
In addition to improving blood sugar control, decreasing the risk of diabetes, and maintaining overall good health and weight management, being active boosts brain activity, helps you deal with stress and improves your mood.
Type 2 diabetes is closely linked to being overweight. Diabetes research demonstrates that along with healthy eating habits, regular physical activity helps the body to use insulin better, which helps to improve the symptoms or even reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes. It is very important to check with your doctor first before starting any exercise program. Your doctor can give you an appropriate exercise prescription based on your personal health status.
It is very important to check your feet daily, keep them clean and soft, wear well-fitting, breathable shoes and socks, and report any changes you observe to your health care provider.
Checking Your Blood Sugar
If your doctor, be sure to follow instructions for frequency and times of day, as this can help to identify blood sugar patterns which may need to be corrected. Your doctor will determine your personal blood sugar goals.
Also, be sure to follow the meter instructions for coding and checking for accuracy with a test strip using control solution from time to time. It is also important to keep your strips tightly closed.
Always check your blood sugar if you feel symptoms of high blood sugar (thirst, frequent urination, fatigue, blurry vision), or low blood sugar (lightheadedness, dizzy, confusion, sweating, shaking, fast or pounding heartbeat) and call your doctor. It is important to immediately treat low blood sugar with a simple carbohydrate such as fruit juice, or glucose tablets. Check your blood sugar more often when you are sick, as infection can make the blood sugar rise.
Finally, it is very important to see your doctor regularly to monitor your diabetes, make adjustments in medications, order appropriate tests, and prescribe education for you to better manage your diabetes day to day.
Diabetes Education and personalized care at the Panacea Hospital
Education is an important tool in the day to day self-management of diabetes. To provide the right tools for optimal self-management, we offer the following services:
Diabetes self-management group classes are held on second and fourth Friday 4-5 PM.
Individual diabetes and nutrition education is for those who have attended group classes and desire more individualized or additional education, or those whose schedules do not permit the time commitment of group classes. An individual session is tailored to the needs of the individual.
Intensive Diabetes Management Clinic, for those requiring more frequent contact in order to achieve control of blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure. The patient is being seen by junior doctors with consultation of experts in the clinic who provides treatment and education as needed, and closely follows the individual until the goals are achieved.
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Panacea Hospital has prepared its structured self-management education called Cardio Diabetes Self Management Education(CDSME) program.
If you are one of the millions of people living with diabetes, we have good news to help you to live a better quality of life. Participating in a Cardio Diabetes self-management education (CDSME) program can help you to learn the skills to manage your diabetes more effectively by checking blood sugar regularly, eating healthy food, being active, taking medicines as prescribed, and handling stress.
What Is Cardio Diabetes Self-Management Education?
Chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart diseases, arthritis, cancer, and stroke are among the most common health problems in the world. Nearly half of all Indian adults live with one or more chronic health conditions. Behind these numbers are real people, just like you. People are looking the ways to feel better. One option is a self-management education program.
Cardio Diabetes Self-management education (CDSME) refers to programs that help people who have ongoing health conditions learn how to live life to the fullest. For many people, this means lives with less stress, more energy, and a greater ability to do the things they want to do. This programs are clinically proven to reduce the symptoms and improve the quality of life.
CDSME programs help you to learn the strategies and develop the skills and confidence to
- to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation.
- Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance.
- Appropriate use of medications.
- Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals.
- Managing depression.
- Better breathing techniques.
- Relaxation techniques.
- Healthy eating habits.
- Making good decisions about your health.
- How to evaluate new treatments.
An SME program can help you learn key strategies, such as goal setting and self-monitoring. These strategies can help you to make good decisions about your health so that you feel better.
Effects of such programs have been seen in these parameters.
- Lower A1C levels.
- Prevent or reduce diabetes complications.
- Improve quality of life.
- Lower your medical expenses.
The bottom line is that people who have the information and support they need to manage their diabetes are healthier than people who do not. Panacea Hospital is having expertise in organizing such types of program and transferring the benefits to the common man.