For both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, it is absolutely crucial that blood sugar levels are monitored and maintained. They have to be kept in check as the pancreas does not function correctly correctly and therefore, fails to generate sufficient quantities of insulin or the cells which require it are not responding in a normal manner. Sometimes, it is a combination of both.
Keep Constant Checks on Your Glucose Levels
If you are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, you will be advised by your doctor to keep a constant check of your blood sugar levels at home; several times a day, in fact. The more frequently you monitor it, the sooner you can handle any issue that may occur. Appropriate levels of blood sugar can be dependent upon your age. Therefore, there may be varying appropriate levels for type 1 diabetes. Consult your doctor regarding the appropriate level for you. Blood sugar monitors use just a very small amount of blood to be able to check your glucose levels. By checking on your blood sugar levels at home, you will be able to see how your diet and exercise plan are faring. There are different kinds of monitors and they don’t all require a finger prick.
In some instances, there are symptoms of type 1 that can be kept in check, purely with diet. You would be well advised to seek as much knowledge as you can on how much fat, carbs and protein you should consume. If you’re lifestyle choices are questionable, in terms of health, you could be on the path to contracting diabetes without realising it. The more knowledge you have about the risks of an unhealthy lifestyle, the more chance you’ll have of avoiding type 2 diabetes.
Seek Advice from a Registered Dietician
A registered dietician can offer you professional advice, which can be very beneficial to you with numerous tips on what you should be eating to keep symptoms under control. With type 1 diabetes, it is important that you consume regular meals to maintain stable blood sugar levels. They can neither be too high or too low.
So, it is imperative that you exercise regularly, at the same time each day and check your blood sugar levels both before and after exercise. Have with you, at all times, food with fast-carbs. Ask your dietician to recommend some appropriate foods, as you may require it when you exercise.
Thanks to Jane Reading for this post. Jane contributes to a number of health blogs.