November is Diabetes month: Your 8-Step Daily Diabetes Checklist
Taking some simple steps to control diabetes, you can help prevent or delay serious diabetes related complications including nerve damage, vision loss kidney disease, and stroke.
Here are the essentials :
- Test Your blood sugar and record it in a logbook:
Monitoring your blood sugar levels in an important part of managing diabetes. Daily monitoring provides ongoing feedback about your blood sugar levels and diabetes management. Use the information to guide your decisions about what to eat and when and how to exercise, and to provide insight into proper medication dosing if you’re on insulin.
- Take your medication:
When diet and exercise alone are not able to keep diabetes under control,your doctor may prescribe medication to help with blood sugar management. Its important to learn how and when to take your medication Your doctor or a diabetes educator can provide medication scheduling recommendations best suited to you based on your health history.
- Inspect your feet:
Check your feet daily to make sure that there are no wounds,blisters,or other issues. Ordinary problems can turn far more serious if left untreated. Daily inspection allows you to spot problems early and get treatment.
- Brush and floss your teeth:
Uncontrolled blood sugar levels may lead to more plaque buildup and increase the risk for gingivitis and advance gum disease. The ADA recommends brushing your teeth for three minutes at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day.
- Get physically active:
Exercise is great for overall health and helps lower blood sugar levels. Try to plan at least 30 minutes at least five times per week. Exercise helps improve blood flow, increase energy,reduce the impact of stress, and helps you sleep better.
- Eat health meals and snacks:
Planning your meals each day, rather than just winging it, can make a difference in your blood sugar readings. Many times working with a registered dietitian to get on the right track with food choices and setting up a daily meal and snack schedule.
- Protect your skin:
Diabetes can wreak havoc on your skin, causing bacterial or fungal infections. Check your body and skin on a daily basis. Help protect your skin by keeping it clean and dry. If you notice an injury, even a minor cut, clean it with soap and water.
- Get a good night’s sleep:
Poor sleep patterns can impact glucose metabolism. Try to go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time. You want to make your bedroom environment as conducive to sleep as possible.