Tips to Help Manage Your Diabetes
Everything you need to know about diabetes management
Diabetes affects the body’s ability to produce or effectively use the hormone insulin. This results in high blood sugar levels. The two main types of diabetes include type 1 and type 2. The most common form is type 2 diabetes, with about 90-95% of people who have diabetes having this form of the disease.
Some people can manage diabetes with lifestyle changes alone. This might include eating healthy, maintaining a healthy weight, and being more physically active. Some may also need to use oral medications or insulin to keep their blood sugar in a healthy range.
Why is it important to manage your diabetes?
Managing your blood sugar levels helps to keep you healthier in many ways.
Everyday benefits include:
- Increased energy/less fatigue
- Improved healing
- Lower risk of infection
- Reduced feelings of thirst
- Decreased need to urinate
By managing your diabetes, you also lower your risk of these diabetes-related health complications:
- Heart attack
- Kidney damage
- Eye and vision problems
- Issues with teeth and gums
- Tingling, pain, or numbness in your hands or feet
What can you do to manage your diabetes?
You are the most important member of your diabetes health care team. You are the one person who can take steps every day to improve or maintain your health.
Here are 5 ways to stay healthier if you have diabetes:
- Learn about the type of diabetes you have, how your actions affect your health, and what you can do to manage your diabetes.
- Schedule regular appointments with your primary care physician, eye doctor, podiatrist, dentist, and other specialists. This will ensure you are routinely checked for diabetes-related complications.
- Ask your healthcare team, family, and friends for any help you need. You may also consider home health care for better management and support.
- In addition to monitoring your blood sugar, keep track of important health indicators such as your A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol.
- Follow a healthy diet, be physically active, don’t smoke, get enough sleep, reduce stress, and take medications as directed by your doctor.
Home health care for diabetes
Home health care offers a comprehensive solution for diabetics struggling to manage the condition on their own. Ethos offers personalized care management, education, and support to ensure that individuals are equipped with the proper tools for effective diabetes management.
From medication management to in-home therapy and personal care, Ethos Home Health Care empowers diabetics to proactively address their needs. To learn if home health care might be right for you or your loved one, take our free online assessment. For additional questions and information, fill out an online form or contact our team at (701) 809-9319.
Published on January 19th, 2024
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Date Last Reviewed: January 27, 2022
Editorial Review: Andrea Cohen, Editorial Director, Baldwin Publishing, Inc. Contact Editor
Medical Review: Perry Pitkow, MD