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Wellness Wednesday: 4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life | NIDDK (With Free 20-Page booklet and Care Record)

Today’s diabetes awareness tips comes to you from The National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, (NIDDK) part of the National Institute of Health, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services. According the the NIDDK, there are 4 steps for managing your diabetes.

  1. Learn about Diabetes
    • What type do you have? Type 1, Type 2, Gestational? (Or one of many others)
    • Take a class
    • Join a support group
    • Read online-
    • Take it serious!
  2. Know your diabetes ABC’s
    • A for the A1C test (A-one-C)-this is a blood test that measures blood sugar level over the past three months-which is different from your daily tracking
    • B for Blood pressure.- Your heart has to work too hard if your blood pressure gets too high, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Your blood pressure goal should be below 140/990
    • C for Cholesterol– There are 2 types of cholesterol, LDL and HDL. LDL can is considered BAD, and can clog arteries. HDL is considered good, and helps remove the BAD stuff. You should ask your physician what your goals should be.
  3. Learn how to live with diabetes
    • Learn how to destress through meditation, yoga or any type of relaxation. Stress can raise blood sugars
    • Talk to someone if you’re feeling a bit down, sad or stressed-
    • Eat well –
      • Eat low calorie, low saturated and trans fat, sugar and salt
      • High fiber foods-whole grains, beans, legumes,
      • lots of fresh fruit and veg
      • Stay away from soda and juice. Instead, opt for good old WATER!
      • Your plate should be 1/2 vegetables and fruit, 1/4 protein and 1/4 whole grain
    • Stay active
    • Know what to do everyday
      • Take meds
      • Check blood sugar
      • Check feet for cuts, blisters, swelling, etc
      • Brush and floss teeth every day
      • Stop smoking! For help with this call- 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669
  4. Get routine care with your physician
    • Make sure to do the following at each visit:
      • Blood pressure check
      • foot check
      • Weight check
      • review your plan
    • Have an A1C check twice a year
    • Do the following once a year:
      • cholesterol test
      • complete foot exam
      • dental exam to check teeth and gums
      • dilated eye exam to check for eye problems
      • flu shot
      • urine and a blood test to check for kidney problems





For more information, see the source article here: 4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life | NIDDK

About Tamara Hoerner (1268 Articles)
Welcome to The Purple Almond! My name is Tamara Hoerner. I am a student at Hawthorn University working toward a Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.” I'm all about getting back to the basics, good old fashioned traditional organic, whole food, the kind your great-grandmother used to eat. You'll find no processed foods here. Just good food to heal your whole body. I also believe a healthy body isn't just about food. Stress plays a large part in the physical health of our body. I, therefore, believe in using anything that relieves stress and heals the body, including: mediation, yoga, music, laughter, inspiration and helping others. You'll find all these included in my blog as well.

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