5 Tips to better manage your diabetes

Diabetes is a lifelong severe and chronic metabolic disease indicated by increased blood sugar levels and is one of the leading causes of death in the Philippines.
According to the International Diabetes Federation, there are approximately 3,993,300 Filipino adults that have diabetes. That means 1 in every 14 Filipinos suffers from diabetes.
If you or a family member has diabetes, follow the proper diabetes treatment prescribed by your doctors. Careful diabetes care can considerably reduce the risk of serious complications.
Here are 5 tips to help you better care for diabetes at home.

Learn About Your Diabetes
The essential step in managing your diabetes is to learn about it. Talk to your doctor to learn the basics of diabetes care. Follow their instructions, monitor, manage your blood sugar levels, take your medication on time or as directed by your doctor. Make sure you understand everything you need to know about your condition.

Eat Healthier
Changing your eating habits can be difficult but, it can be helpful to your health since it can normalize your blood sugar levels and help you avoid health complications.
To help you change your eating habits, you should:
– Learn and research about your diabetes.
– Join classes and support groups.
– Meet with the proper professionals. Talk to your doctor or see a dietician and learn about the best diet strategies to make better meal choices.

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Don’t Smoke
Smoking is harmful to your health and can increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes and other various complications. Smoking can also make your body immune to insulin leading to higher blood sugar levels.

Observe Your Feet 
Diabetes can cause pain, tingling, and even loss of sensation in your feet. The increase in blood sugar levels can reduce blood flow and damage the nerves in your feet.
Prevent complications by:
– Washing your feet in lukewarm water.
– Gently dry your feet.
– Moisturize your feet.
– Check your feet for cuts and calluses.
– Wear slippers both indoors and outdoor.
If left untreated, cuts on the feet can lead to infection.

Exercise Regularly 
An active lifestyle is helpful to diabetes patients since it lowers your weight, improves your heart and lungs, and gives you more energy. Check with your doctor before exercising since they can help you find safer routines that best suit your condition.
Make your routine easier by working out 5 to 10 minutes a day and work your way up to 30 to 45 minutes. Always carry a snack in case your blood sugar drops.

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