Living with Diabetes Successfully
Managing diabetes is a combination of learning how to eat well, monitor your glucose level,
and exercise daily. It is important to fully understand how the disease operates within your body so that you can
be prepared for any possibility that may arise.
Many individuals have either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. It is a lifelong disease that once
diagnosed with an individual will need to learn how to manage.
Typically adults who have diabetes have type 2 diabetes and children, teens and youth are usually
diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
It is possible to live successfully with either type of diabetes if you learn all you can about
managing the disease.
Managing diabetes is a combination of learning how to eat well, monitor your glucose level, and exercise
It is important to fully understand how the disease operates within your body so that you can be prepared for
any possibility that may arise. Knowing the disease means that you can better manage the disease.
Your doctor will give you information about diabetes and there are also many helpful Websites and books that you
can find information about managing your diabetes.
Your doctor will help you to design a diabetic management plan that will include proper diet, exercise and
A proper diet is necessary because it is the diet that determines how much blood glucose you bring into your
body. A healthy diet can help you to control your weight. Your doctor can advise you on the types of food you
Regular exercise is an important tool in healthy diabetes management. Exercise helps your diabetes by
controlling your weight and lowering your blood sugar level. Exercise can also help you to feel better and increase
your overall health.
Partnering with your Diabetes Doctor:
In order for you to receive the best diabetic care from your doctor you need to be able to fully participate in your diabetes management plan. To do this you need to understand the disease and how weight, eating habits, and physical activity affect your blood sugar level. You need to understand why you may need to take medications to control your blood sugar and what relationship exists between your medications and the foods you consume.
In order for your doctor to be able to effectively advice and direct your care, there needs to be an honest relationship between you and the doctor.
Your doctor can advise you on what kind of exercise program would be best for you. Exercise program selection
will depend on your overall health. Aerobic exercising is a fun way to stay healthy and includes walking, jogging,
aerobic dance and bicycling.
If you are experiencing any feet issues your doctor may ask you not to do any exercising that might put stress
on your feet. Exercises that will NOT put stress on your feet include swimming, bicycling, rowing or chair
Always warm up and cool down when exercising. Stretch for about 5 to 10 minutes to help your muscles warm up
before doing your regular exercise program.
When exercising go slowly and gradually increase the intensity of your exercise routine.
Exercise changes the way your body reacts to insulin. It makes your body more sensitive to insulin, and your
blood sugar level may get too low during exercise (hypoglycemia).
You should check your blood sugar level after you are finished exercising. It is especially important to check
your blood levels if you are exercising in extremely hot or cold conditions. Temperature changes how your body
If you feel shaky, anxious, suddenly sweaty, hungry or if you feel a change in your heartbeat it is important to
stop your exercising and check your blood sugar level. It is important to keep candy or juice on hand in case you
need to treat hypoglycemia.