Dealing With Diabetes
More than 30 million people have to deal with diabetes and it can be a very difficult task that needs 24/7 attention. Often you can be doing everything right, and still can’t understand why your blood sugar levels are out of whack. There are some simple ways to help you deal with your diabetes by making healthy lifestyle changes.
- Keep a watchful eye on all your medications. Some medications taken at night (asthma, steroids) can cause blood sugar fluctuations. Be sure you know your medication side effects and discus concerns with your doctor. Try to look at your whole body as one system, and not just one symptom or condition.
- Alcohol can lead to blood sugar drops, especially if drinking at night. Try to stick to low carb choices, and keep it in moderation when indulging.
- Exercise: Sitting around at night can lead to an increase in blood sugar levels. Make an evening walk or light physical activity a part of your nighttime routine.
- Everything in moderation. Even strenuous physical activity. Keep the hard workouts around 7 hours prior to going to sleep.
- Everything on schedule: try to get your body humming like clockwork. Eat, sleep, exercise, and take your medications at a regular time everyday.
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Remember that this information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.
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