The health effect of Diabetes can be devastating if not correctly managed and can even lead to death. If you want to stay healthy there are many different steps you must take to help the body cope. In this article, I will talk about all the things that you need to know about along with offering advice on how to cope.
What Is Diabetes?
The first step you need to take to stay healthy when you have diabetes is to fully understand what diabetes is. By learning about the disease and different types, you will know the best course of action to take.
The two most common types are Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 is when the body is not making insulin. This requires an insulin injection to be able to maintain safe levels and close monitoring of glucose levels. Type 2 diabetes is less severe as it is when the body uses or make insulin well. Depending on the level it may require insulin or pills to manage the disease.
To stay healthy when you have diabetes you will need to manage your glucose levels. This is the amount of sugar in the blood and by getting this correct it will have many health benefits. You will feel less thirsty and tired, heal better, more energy, less bladder or skin infections. If you get it wrong it can have devastating effects such as a stroke or heart attack, going blind, nerve damage, gum and teeth problems and kidney problems.
A1C Blood Test
You will need to closely monitor your blood sugar levels to stay healthy and avoid serious health problems such as a stroke or heart attack. This is carried out by using an A1C blood test which shows the average level of sugar in the blood over a three month period. This is a more extensive check than the daily blood sugar level checks and is vital if you want to be healthy. In addition, please read up on what a thrombocyte is by clicking the link in the text.
Monitoring your blood pressure closely when having diabetes is vital as you do not want it to get too high. If it does it can cause serious health problems for your eyes, kidneys and even cause a stroke or heart attack. A healthy rate is less than 140/90 for people with diabetes but make sure you check with your doctor what your correct level is.
Having high cholesterol is also another common cause of strokes and heart attacks. You will need to monitor the two different types which are LDL along with HDL. LDL is the bad cholesterol which can be damaging due to clogging up blood vessels. HDL is good cholesterol that enables the body to remove LDL to help prevent heart and kidney problems.
To be able to cope with diabetes it is not just a case of monitoring your blood sugar levels and taking insulin injections. You will need to pay close attention to your whole lifestyle as things such as stress can higher the levels of sugar in the body. Due to the effect of the disease on a person’s emotions, it is important that you have close friends, family or professional help you deal with the rollercoaster emotional ride. By eating the best diet and taking regular exercise is the best way to combat the effect of diabetes.