Take Care of wounds and bruises
Diabetes raises your risk of infection and slows healing, so treat even simple cuts and scrapes quickly. Properly clean your wound and use an antibiotic cream and sterile bandage. See a doctor if it's not better in a few days.
Check your feet every day for blisters, cuts, sores, redness, or swelling. Moisturize them to prevent cracks. (But don’t rub the lotion between the toes!)
Get Enough Sleep(6-9 hours)
Getting too much or too little sleep can increase your appetite and cravings for high-carb foods. That can lead to weight gain, increasing your risk for complications such as heart disease. So aim forsix to ninehours of sleep a night! If you have sleep apnea, treating it can improve your sleep and lower your blood sugar levels.
Check your ABCs for Heart Disease Risk!
Heart disease can be a serious diabetes complication. Keep an eye on your risk by getting these ABCs checked.
A- A1C level. Goal : <7%.This is a measure of your average blood sugar control for the last 3 months. You may need it checked two or more times a year.
B- Blood pressure. Goal: <130/80 mm Hg.
C- Cholesterol. Goal: LDL <100 mg/dl; >HDL 40 mg/dl; and Triglycerides <150 mg/dl.
Be active and enjoy the numerous benefits!
It is easy to get active. Just pick something you like -- walking, dancing, biking, or just marching in place while you're on the phone. Do it a half-hour a day; work up to that if you need to.
Exercise can help you lower your cardiovascular risks, cholesterol, and blood pressure levels, and keep your weight down. Exercise also relieves stress and may help you cut back on diabetes medication.
Managing Stress is beneficial to your blood glucose too!
When you have diabetes, mental or physical stress can cause your blood glucose levels to rise. Get rid of it and find coping techniques that work for you. Try one or more of these simple tried activities: Pray, walk,bike, exercise, do yoga, or try some mediationin nature if possible!
This can have magical effect on your blood glucose levels.