Staying Healthy With Diabetes-Simple things but everybody forget
Any people wonder how they can stay healthy when they have diabetes. Here are some great tips!
- Routine Checkups
Go to the doctor for routine tests and examinations. The doctor will give you a checkup, measure blood pressure, give a foot exam yearly, check the foot for sores and give a hemoglobin A1C test twice a year for blood glucose levels. The doctor will check for kidney disease with a urine and blood test yearly and offer kidney disease treatment options if something is suspicious. Test blood lipids for LDL and HDL levels as well as triglyceride levels yearly. In addition to the doctor go to the dentist for a checkup, an eye doctor for a dilated eye exam, pneumonia shot and an annual flu shot.
- Lose Weight
Most diabetic people (especially type 2) are overweight; losing weight will lower health problems such as cardiovascular disease. Losing weight does include increasing physical activity and eating less. This will help the body respond to insulin better.
- Keep Blood Pressure Low
To reduce or prevent the chances of hypertension it’s a good idea to keep high blood pressure low. ‘Normal’ blood pressure is below 130/80. High blood pressure will damage eyes, heart, kidney and blood vessels and reduce that will decrease the chances of damage in those areas. Low blood pressure means changing lifestyle habits, eating healthy, exercise and taking medication.
- Keep Cholesterol Levels Low
Cholesterol keeps the circulation of blood running smoothly. High cholesterol will cause blood vessels to become narrow and clogged. Normal cholesterol is less than 200. LDL should be less than 100; HDL must be higher than 50 in women and 40 in men. Triglycerides, a type of cholesterol, must be less than 150. The doctor will run a cholesterol test to make sure everything is in working order.
Physical activity, or exercise, is allowing the body to be active and different types of activity. Exercise can help maintain blood pressure and blood glucose; it can raise good cholesterol and keep bad cholesterol down. It can also stop problems with blood flow and the heart. The best type of exercise is working out for 30 minutes for at least 5 days of the week. The type of exercise should be moderate-intensity.
- Eat Healthy food
Having a balanced diet filled mostly with fruits and vegetables is the way to control diabetes. There is a diabetic plan out there to assist you in eating a healthy diet. This will help to control blood sugar levels, high cholesterol, prevent heart disease, reduce high blood pressure and maintain body weight.
- Quit Smoking
With diabetes, smoking makes the chances of getting a disease related to cholesterol, blood glucose, and blood pressure greater. Stop smoking and lower the risk of nerve disease, kidney disease, oral disease, heart attack and stroke.