Diabetes is a medical condition that has become more common throughout the world. Each day a new set of people is diagnosed. This discussion will help you deal with your new lifestyle as you adjust to having been diagnosed with diabetes.
Skip the french fries and ditch the baked potato – it’s time to replace your carb-heavy side dishes with something that’s actually GOOD for a Diabetic. Salad! I’m not talking potato or pasta salad, they’re both carbohydrate disaster areas. Pick up some lettuce, shred some vegetables, throw on some tomato wedges and a nice light oil and vinegar dressing and dig in!
To save money, the American Diabetes Association approves the re-use of testing lancets. These are the needles used by your glucometer to test your blood sugar. Re-using them does result in them becoming dull, so be sure to change them out when you notice the pain level of your testing rising. Never share lancets.
There is no treatment in the world that is as effective at controlling Diabetes as a good laugh! It lowers your stress levels, makes you FEEL good, and can give you a bit of exercise to boot. Laughter is known to cause great relief in many different conditions, so give it a try.
Following the USDA Food Guide Pyramid will help you to live healthier with diabetes. The food guide pyramid was developed as a guide for healthy eating for everyone. It works for people with diabetes, too. The shape of the pyramid tells you how much to eat of different foods.
There really is not a diabetic diet. The American Diabetes Association recommends that you get 50 percent of your calories from carbohydrates, 30 percent from fats, and 20 percent from proteins. Proteins work to stabilize blood sugars and to help you feel satisfied. Proteins also help your body to rebuild and provide nutrients your body needs not found in carbs and fats.
Change your favorite dishes instead of removing them from your meal plans. One of the hardest things diabetics deal with is the constantly restricted diet. Many people assume that they have to stop eating their favorite foods. Some people will eat what they like in even if it is not a good decision. The better solution is to look closely at the foods you eat and make smart substitutions. Many dishes can turn into diabetes-friendly meals by using healthier ingredients as alternatives when cooking.
A diabetes diagnosis does not signify the end of one’s life. By implementing some of the ideas and recommendations offered here, you are on your way to effective management and eventual elimination of the disease.