Expert-reviewed by Ashwini S.Kanade, Registered Dietician and Certified Diabetes Educator with 17 years of experience
Managing diabetes is not as difficult if you do a little every day. Instead of waiting till things get out of hand, small changes in your daily life will help lower your blood sugar levels and eventually even reverse it. And if you want to see changes, start by making a commitment to your health.
Dr. V. Mohan, Chairman at Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre gives us 5 commitments that all people with diabetes can make, with a little bit of willpower and dedication.
1. Healthify your meals
For the sake of your health, promise yourself that you will start eating healthy. Take a planned, organised approach towards this objective.
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2. Unfriend your chair
Our modern lifestyles mean we don’t walk as much as we used to. There are cabs and rickshaws to make travel convenient. When at home or at work, we always find ourselves sitting down most of the time.
But now, commit to getting off your chairs. Find excuses to walk instead of sitting all the time: walk when taking a phone call, take the stairs, take a 10 min walking break at work every day.
3. Medicate correctly
We cannot overstate the importance of taking the correct dose of medications in diabetes. But they should also be taken at the right time.
If you delay taking your meds whether before or after a meal, it will not be able to have the right effect on your blood sugar. Take your meds too late after a meal, and your blood sugar has already spiked and your meds are unable to do their job.
So dose and timing both are important.
4. Have happy feet
Taking care of your blood sugar, watching your blood pressure and cholesterol, and managing your weight are part of your regular diabetes care routine. But in all this, you forget one very important aspect of diabetes care: your Feet.
In diabetes, chances of infection are very high even with minor cuts and bruises. And with our feet being most prone to injuries, it is a must to check the health of your feet regularly. If you see any small wounds or injuries, get them treated correctly at the earliest to avoid any complications such as gangrene or, worse, amputation!
5. Love your kidneys
Kidney disease (called Diabetic nephropathy) is one of the complications that can arise if diabetes is not managed well. If affected, the kidneys are unable to do their most important function, which is removing waste products and extra fluids from your body.
It is a serious condition that requires dialysis and may also require transplantation. And the cost of managing this condition is very high.
By managing diabetes correctly and by investing in regular check-ups, such complications can be avoided. Read the eight early signs of diabetes-related complications that you might be avoiding.
Make these 5 commitments and start living a happy, healthy, and Wellthy life!
Edited by: Afshaan Khan
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