Monday, February 23, 2015

Controlling Diabetes Should Be Easy

Controlling Diabetes Should Be Easy


Getting the diagnosis of diabetes is never an easy thing, but controlling and managing this condition can be. Now more than ever technology is allowing diabetics to continue to live normal lives while still ensuring their blood sugar levels are under control and their health remains in tact. However, controlling diabetes can seem impossible at first, so you need to learn more about the options you have available in order to take advantage of them.

What You Eat Matters
When your doctor first tells you that you have diabetes, you may have a number of questions as a result. One of the first, and most important, questions to answer is, "What does a diabetic eat?" Since you are told that diabetes is a condition that affects the management of your blood sugar, you need to learn the proper diet for diabetes patients. Controlling diabetes starts with learning the sugar content of foods and avoiding foods that impact your blood glucose level.

You might be taught that fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are the best choices for ensuring your body stays health and your diabetes is under control. You will also be told that meats and dairy products can also be beneficial in certain portions. While this diet for diabetes might seem a little complicated, it becomes easier over time. You might want to ask for a clear list of the things you can and you can not eat. This will help you easily make the best decisions for your health.

Monitoring Your Blood Sugar
If you're controlling diabetes with your diet, you need to monitor your progress as you do. Since everyone's body is different, it becomes necessary to look at glucose numbers to see how you are doing. Blood sugar control isn't a difficult process, however, with the newer glucose meters. Just a small prick of your finger or arm can help you see how your blood sugar level is doing at any part of the day. By checking this regularly before and after meals (and as directed by your doctor), you can begin to see trends in your blood sugar levels and learn how to manage ups and downs.

Blood sugar control only takes a few minutes of your time each day, and with the simple meters, no one even has to know you're checking your blood. Just head to the bathroom or off to a private area, check your glucose numbers, and then get back to your life.

If you should notice your blood sugar level going too high or too low, you can take immediate action to correct the reading. In the beginning, this might happen more often than your doctor may like, but as you get the hang of your diet, it will become less and less of a problem.

Controlling diabetes begins with a proper diet for diabetes and continues with blood sugar control. And while the changes you make might seem challenging at first, when you realize you only have to make these two changes in your life to keep yourself healthy, diabetes doesn't seem to be all that scary anymore.
Written by Diabetics for Diabetics, Diabetes Self-Defense® Weekly Journal and Reference Manual provides a yearly Diabetes journal. This book is written for all people living with diabetes or pre-diabetes to live the healthiest, happiest, and longest lives possible. Created in a classic, wire-bound notebook style for convenience and portability, this all-in-one Diabetes resource book is designed to be a comprehensive Diabetes management journal. This diabetic manual is designed to reach and guide all sufferers at every age.

Man's Waist Size May Predict Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes

by: Sittiwat


New studies concluded that man's waist size may predict much more about his risk of developing type 2 diabetes type than any other used measures. Currently doctors use body mass index (BMI) a measure of weight in relation to height to estimate a patient's risk of developing type 2 diabetes and advise him how to lower his risk, such as by losing weight and changing their diet.

Many opinions say that men should have a waist size of less than 40 inches to help prevent developing of health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. But recent medical observations say the cutoff for a man's waist size may need to be lowered to 34 inches. As waist size climbed above this level, type 2 diabetes risk rose progressively, as follows:

 waist size of 34 to 36 doubled diabetes risk.
 waist size of 36 to 38 inches nearly tripled the risk.
 waist size of 38 to 40 inches was associated with five times the risk.
 waist size of 40 to 62 inches was associated with 12 times the risk.
Measuring your waist circumference is a simple way to help you identify the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes. If you want to do it, note first that it is something different to belt size and follow this procedure:

take off your shirt and loosen your belt,
then place a tape measure around the waist at a point 1cm below your tummy button,
take care to measure the waist circumference with the abdomen relaxed, while breathing out.
Valerian D is a freelance writer specialized in health issues affecting men such as diabetes
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If You Have To Take Your Blood Sugar Why Not Make It Pain Free

by: Sittiwat


As a Diabetic your morning ritual consists of waking up, going to the bathroom, washing your hands and face and then testing your blood sugar. If you happen to take insulin or other medication you may need to take your blood sugar often throughout the day.  Why not use a Meter and lancing system that require the smallest dose possible.
Diabetes has become a huge industry.  Every Sunday a major drugstore chain has a 1/2 page or full page color ad in their flyer dedicated to diabetes care.  Blood meters, Alcohol swabs, Lancets and food shakes are often featured items.  In any given week you may have the opportunity to get the latest and greatest Blood glucose Meter free after rebate, or free with strip purchase.
Sure they are anxious to give away free meters.  With Test Strips running about $80 per box of 100 they earn their money back in no time.  The question is how to you know which is the best meter for you.  Looking over the meters, the testing methods are similar, insert Strip in Meter, Draw Blood, apply blood to strip, wait 5 seconds or more for result.  The accuracy of the meters are roughly the same, the cost of strips are roughly the same, so how do you choose.
All other factors being equal I chose the meter that requires the smallest blood sample.  Currently that meter is the Free Style Flash
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