Diabetes management is attainable with the right diabetes treatment plan and by knowing how to plan ahead to prevent uncomfortable or dangerous situations. These solutions for effectively managing diabetes on the go will help you live a fuller life without the worry of diabetes slowing you down.
Types of diabetes
Diabetes is a condition in which the body does not produce enough insulin, or when the body cannot use insulin effectively. These concerns can cause a spike or crash in the blood sugar level.
There are three different types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes was once referred to as juvenile diabetes, since it is most commonly found in children and young adults. However, it can actually occur at any age. Type 2 is more common, occurring most often in adults over the age of 40 who are overweight or obese. Although type 2 develops when the body is unable to use insulin effectively, type 1 is caused when insulin-producing cells are destroyed by an immune process. The third type is gestational diabetes, which can develop during pregnancy. Gestational rarely lasts beyond pregnancy, but it can continue into the mother’s life in some occasional cases.
Do not think a fast-paced life means you cannot prioritize your health. In fact, there are many ways to manage your diabetes on the go. Consider these important ways of doing it.
Choose wisely when dining out
Some diabetic patients fear eating on the go. This fear, however, is unfounded. With proper planning and understanding, you can dine out safely and comfortably. If you have diabetes, you likely already know that both the type of food you eat and the portions you eat can impact your blood sugar levels.
Although you can control what you order, you do typically have no say in the quantities of each food group that arrive on your plate. Here you should learn to balance your meal. If your dish comes with too much mashed potatoes, for example, then know when to stop after you have eaten the right portion for you. A balanced meal is typically described as the right mix of proteins, vegetables, starches and fats. If you are in need of mealtime insulin, talk to your doctor about the appropriate portions of carbohydrates, especially, and how to coordinate meals and medication to compliment one another.
While you are out and about engaged in a fun event or simply running errands, it can be easy to forget to drink water. One helpful tip is to bring a water bottle with you everywhere you go. You may be walking or exerting more energy than normal, and staying hydrated is particularly important during exercise to achieve stable blood sugar levels.
One way you can plan ahead is to bring any medications that may be needed. Pack some that you know you will be taking throughout your time out, plus a little extra just in case. The goal is to disallow diabetes from holding you back, so when you are socializing and going with the flow, you want your medication to support this too.
Therefore, a little extra in reserve is always helpful and will prove beneficial. You can also prepare further by keeping a couple glucose tablets readily available, or even a small snack should you need something to grab quickly in order to avoid a blood sugar crash.
Remember your workout
Exercise is one of the greatest ways to manage diabetes, since regular physical activity can help your body use insulin more effectively. When you have other activities planned, do your best not to let these push your workouts to the back burner. If you miss a workout, then think of other ways to get in some physical activity such as opting for the stairs over the elevator or parking your car further away from your destination for a brief walk.
Most adults should exercise for 30 minutes a day, most days of the week, as recommended by the American Heart Association. Diabetic patients should strive for this goal as well. In fact, exercising regularly with prediabetes can lower the risk of developing a future condition. Talk to your doctor about an exercise program that is right for you, how to check your blood sugar levels, and signs of them getting too high or too low.
For more information
Do not delay action that benefits your health and future. For more information about a diabetes treatment plan or more tips to manage diabetes on the go, contact KentuckyCare today at (866) 810-7602.