“If a problem has no solution, it may not be a problem, but a fact-not to be solved, but to be coped with over time”- Shimon Peres
When you are affected by a chronic illness such as diabetes, you must know that there is no cure for it. Despite millions spent on the research to better understand diabetes and the ongoing advances in treatment options for it, you who are affected with diabetes have to realize that it will accompany you for the rest of your life.
Diabetes is not just an illness; it is a syndrome of disordered metabolism. This is usually due to a combination of hereditary and environmental causes.
What causes Diabetes?
Amongst all the chronic diseases, diabetes is unique and the attention it requires has to remain healthy.
The two most common forms of diabetes are due to either a diminished production of insulin
Or a diminished response by the body to insulin.
Symptoms to look out for:
- Excessive urine
- General feeling of weakness
- Increased fluid intake
- Blurred vision
- Unexplained weight loss
Therefore dealing with diabetes over longer period of time, needs developing control, to finding ways to deal with the emotions that having diabetes and having to care for it are bound to bring up at times.
Diabetes is definitely controllable, but there is no widely available cure.
Level 1 (350): Can only be treated with injected insulin regularly along with taking medicines.
Level 2 (200 – 350): Is Usually managed with a combination of dietary treatment, tablets and insulin supplements.
Take Daily Care of Diabetes
This is the usual. All that you mostly do to keep your blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels in the near normal range is aimed at preventing long term complications.
Remember, everything starts from your control today.
However, keeping your blood glucose level within range will automatically make you feel more energetic and alert. You will be able to participate the other parts of your life.
So, how you carry out the tasks of eating right, getting physical activity, monitoring your blood glucose level, and taking any prescribed medicines every day for the rest of your life without getting overwhelmed?
Here are a few tips:
Knowledge is power
Diabetes care requires a certain amount of knowledge:
- Diet Planning: Requires some knowledge of your dietary nutrition.
- Be Physically Active: Being physically active requires knowledge about what’s safe for you to do? How to do it? And what gear or equipment you need.
- Monitoring your blood glucose level: Requires learning of not only how to use your meter, but also how to respond to the readings you get.
- And while taking medicines, at least knowing how to take it, to what amount and when.
Making this effort to acquire this knowledge will make your daily life easy. You at least won’t have to stop and think about every step in your daily diabetes care routine as you do it.
In fact, visiting the diabetes health-care professionals will help you manage your diabetes and can provide you with a lot of information you need.
Meeting with a diabetic dietician, for instance, can help you learn how your food choices can affect your diabetic health and how to plan healthy meals.
Your health-care providers and your experience will help you determine what adjustments in your diabetes plan may be necessary for different activities.
- Keeping written notes on how you altered your routine
- How well those alterations worked
- How can you make planning for the next time easier?
For further precautions, you will have to wait for our next blog…