When we look at the diabetes statistics, it can be quite easy to fall into a negative state of mind:
- Over 30,000,000 Americans have some form of diabetes;
- Each year, 1,500,000 new cases are diagnosed;
- Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.
So, we know there is a problem. But focusing on the problem… focusing on the statistics can only drive humans into a state of depression.
We MUST focus on solutions.
And I have written several articles about taking care of your diabetes. I do believe that much of it comes down to diets. Eliminating many sugars, processed foods and starches which turn into sugars after ingestion.
But no matter what, there will be diabetes and we must learn to live with this disease.
Here are 5 tips for living a meaningful life with diabetes.
Disclaimer: I am not a physician and these tips are from my own personal opinions as well as research. I do suggest seeing your Doctor on a regular basis and not relying on these tips alone.
Living A Meaningful Life With Diabetes Tip #1: Have A Glucose Meter With You At All Times
Most Doctors will tell you the same thing I am telling you… Always have a glucose meter with you and regularly check your levels. By doing so, you will get a good idea when your blood sugar “spikes” and why it is doing so. (Maybe that bite of chocolate cake was not a good idea.)
Living A Meaningful Life With Diabetes Tip #2: Drink Water
It is a well known fact that diabetes can give people the impression they are hungry when they actually are slightly dehydrated.
If you feel an urge to eat, try this… Drink a full bottle of water and wait approximately 15 – 20 minutes. If you are still hungry, snack on a nutritious item such as nuts, apple slices or an organic trail mix that has no sugars added.
Living A Meaningful Life With Diabetes Tip #3: Find A Physical Activity To Take Part In
Just because you have diabetes does not mean you can’t participate in physical sports or activities. Find one or more physical activities you enjoy:
- Run in a marathon
- Play in a softball, basketball or another sport’s league
Diabetes does not mean you have to sit on the sidelines. Get out and get physically active. Don’t let diabetes stop you.
Living A Meaningful Life With Diabetes Tip #4: Healthy Eating
Maybe this is a good time to say no to those fast food drive-through obesity machines. Focus on a healthy diet…
- Nuts and seeds
And do know that cutting as many as the carbohydrates from your diet as possible is the best thing you can do. Carbs turn into sugar, so by cutting the carbs out, you are controlling the diabetes instead of letting it control you.
Living A Meaningful Life With Diabetes Tip #4: Get Proper Sleep
Your sleep patterns can play a huge role in your blood sugar levels. It is recommended that people get 7 to 8 hours of sleep every 24 hours. And, you should try to stay consistent. Get up at the same time and go to bed at the same time. Lastly, you should ensure your sleeping zone is optimal:
- Comfortable mattress and pillow
- Low light and noise
All of these will help you keep a level blood sugar level.
Living A Meaningful Life With Diabetes Tip #5: For Those Low Moments
If things get fuzzy, maybe your insulin lowered your blood sugar too far. You should keep glucose tablets with you. Some other tricks are:
- Lifesavers – Yes, they could save your life.
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1 Oreo cookie
I really don’t like telling people to take things like these but in the case of low blood sugar, they will help.
Many people are living productive lives and they are diabetic.
You can too!
So follow these tips and by all means, stay positive and stress free.
You’ve got this!
And do see your Doctor regularly.
If you have any questions or feedback, just post it below. Thank you and have a wonderful day!