Manage Type 2 Diabetes: Tips to Improve Your Life

Manage Type 2 Diabetes: Tips to Improve Your Life


Excellent tips to improve your health:


See clearly. Make an annual appointment for a dilated-eye exam with an ophthalmologist or an optometrist experienced in treating people with diabetes. The doctor can look for diseases such as retinopathy, one of the most common complications of diabetes.


Stay in shape. Your body uses insulin better when you exercise. Any activity that raises your heart rate enough to make it slightly hard to talk counts — like brisk walking, taking the stairs, or maybe vacuuming.


Having problems seeing? Use a mirror, or ask a family member or friend to give your feet a daily once-over. Call your doctor immediately if you spot redness, cuts, blisters, or swelling.


Check your feet daily. High blood sugar levels can damage nerves in your feet, making them numb to any damages. Check for cuts, blisters and other injuries. You might not be able to feel them, so it’s important to look.


“Sugar-free foods aren’t necessarily better. They’re often made with sugar alcohols, such as sorbitol and mannitol, which have a laxative effect in some people,” Campbell says.


A dietitian can help you make an eating plan that’s right for you. Together, you’ll set daily calorie and carbohydrate targets. You’ll probably meet several times early on — after that, once a year.


Make a date with a dietitian. “It’s a myth that there’s a one-size-fits-all diabetes diet,” says Amy Campbell, RD, CDE, manager of clinical education programs at Joslin Diabetes Center. Your age, weight, activity level, and medications all make a difference.


Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD’s Communities. It’s a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.


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