We need to learn what makes our blood sugar levels rise and fall, and how to control these day to day factors. When it comes to diabetes management, blood sugar control is often the main theme. After all, keeping the levels within target can help you lead long, healthy lives.
Food- It's not just what we eat that affects the levels. It is how much you eat that matters too. Keep a schedule. Your blood sugar is highest about two hours after you eat and then begins to fall. This can work to your advantage. You can lessen the amount of change in the levels if you eat at the same time every day, eat several small meals a day or healthy snacks.
Eat the right amount of foods. Learn what portion size is appropriate for each type of food.
Coordinate your meals and medications. Too little food in comparison to your diabetes medications-especially insulin-may result in low blood sugar. Too much food may cause the levels to climb. Check with your doctor to see how to best coordinate meal/medicine schedules.
Talk to your doctor about an exercise plan that is appropriate for you. If you have been inactive for a long time, your doctor may want to check the condition of your heart and feet before advising you. He can then give you the balance of aerobic and muscle strengthening exercise. Know your numbers before you exercise..and check your blood sugar before.
Stay hydrated- Drink plenty of water while exercising because dehydration can definitely affect blood sugar levels.
Be prepared. Always have a small snack with you during exercise in case your blood sugar drops. Wear a medical i.d. bracelet when you exercise.
Adjust your treatment plan as needed especially if you increase your exercie.
Best to be on top of our game.
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