Over the years, we have diagnosed, treated, and helped manage various chronic conditions that our patients deal with. However, one of the most common and severe chronic illnesses that we treat is diabetes.
The condition has become more and more common, and there are even many people living their lives completely unaware that they have diabetes.
Managing and caring for diabetes is a lifelong responsibility, and at OneLife Medical Center, we strive to provide lasting support and resources for all of our patients.
If you have a family history of diabetes, have recently been diagnosed, or you’re just ready to take control of your chronic condition, read on as we walk through some of the most important care tips and practices to stay healthy.
Stay on Top of Your Diabetes With These Tips
Diabetes is a severe disease, and establishing a solid treatment plan requires commitment. Still, your hard work will be well worth the time and effort as you can continue your life feeling your best, as well as reduce your risk of complications.
Here are some of the most important things you can do to manage your diabetes and ensure you stay healthy. Take a look below to see which ones you’re already doing!
1. Schedule Regular Check-Ups
The best way to stay healthy with diabetes is to stay ahead of it. Schedule and go to regular physicals and eye exams.
Ideally, two to four diabetes checkups, in addition to your annual physical and eye exam, are a great schedule to follow. This will ensure you and your doctors are on the same page and can screen for any other medical concerns or complications
2. Pay Close Attention to Your Feet
You likely already know that diabetes can lead to pain, tingling, or loss of sensation in your feet. High blood sugar can lower the blood flow and damage nerves in your feet, meaning small cuts and blisters open you up to severe infections.
Wash your feet daily, moisturize, avoid going barefoot, and consult your doctor should you have any cuts, pain, bruising, or swelling
3. Stay Educated on the Subject
Having a great doctor and wonderful support team will only carry you so far. Be sure that you are taking the time to learn and understand your chronic condition as well.
At OneLife Medical, we believe in collaborating with our patients. We have an extensive background in helping patients manage their diabetes and can help provide relevant resources.
4. Do Not Smoke
It’s no secret that smoking is an unhealthy and dangerous habit, but it’s even more serious for patients with type 2 diabetes.
If you do not currently have the condition, smoking greatly increases your chances. If you have diabetes smoking can lead to eye disease, heart disease, and cause circulation issues – all of which are already sensitive to patients with diabetes
5. Be Active
One of the most important things you can do for your health as a diabetic is to be active. Get to and maintain a healthy weight through nutritious eating and then move as much as possible. Aim to find a healthy balance of cardio and strength training for optimal health
6. Eat Well
Avoiding sugar and eating healthy foods is necessary, but not the only important thing when it comes to your diet as a diabetic. You must eat healthily as well as practice healthy eating habits like maintaining a regular eating schedule.
- Do not skip meals.
- Consult a nutritionist to help establish meal plans.
- Be proactive in ensuring you have access to reasonable and healthy foods when traveling or attending events.
Just Scratching the Surface
Living with diabetes requires commitment and time, but it’s not impossible to be healthy while living with diabetes. The six tips above just scratch the surface of how to be healthy while managing your diabetes.
We hope this information has been helpful as you seek to live your healthiest life. If you’re concerned about your health or looking for an expert guide to help you manage your diabetes, get in touch!
OneLife Medical is Here for You
We’re here to help you as you work through life with diabetes. You only live once, live well! When you visit OneLife Medical, we will listen to you and work together to establish the best treatment plan for your needs.
Schedule your consultation today, so we can craft the best plan of care so that you can look, feel, and live your best life!