Tips to avoid the list of complications of diabetes:
1. Choose carbohydrates with care
Diabetes does not mean you have to cut carbohydrates completely. Choose carbohydrates that break down in the body slowly, providing constant energy. Look for whole grains, beans, nuts and vegetables and fresh fruits. Yes, you can eat fruit even if it's sweet. It involves eating the correct amounts of carbohydrates at each meal.
2. Lose weight if you need
If you are overweight, losing only a few pounds can improve the body's ability to use insulin. It will help reduce blood sugar and improve your blood pressure and fats. You will also have more energy. Ready? Try to burn more calories than you eat. To begin, try to reduce excess fat, sugar and calories from your diet.
3. Get enough sleep
Sleeping too much or too little can increase your appetite and cravings for carbohydrate-rich foods. That can lead to weight gain, which increases the risk of complications such as heart disease. So shoot for seven or eight hours of sleep per night. If you have sleep apnea, treating it can improve your sleep and lower your blood sugar levels.
4. Be active: exercise and diabetes
Choose something you like: walk, dance, ride a bike or just go in your place while talking on the phone. Do it half an hour a day; Work up to that if you need it. Exercise can help reduce cardiovascular risks, cholesterol and blood pressure levels, and keep your weight low.
5. Check your blood sugar level daily
You know what you're supposed to verify. And, in fact, controlling blood glucose levels can help you avoid the complications of diabetes, such as nerve pain, or prevent them from getting worse. Checking it can also help you see how your food and activities affect you, and if your treatment plan is working.
6. Manage stress
When you have diabetes, stress can cause your blood glucose levels to rise. Get rid of any physical or mental stress you can. Learn coping techniques to deal with others. Relaxation techniques, such as breathing exercises, yoga and meditation, can be especially effective if you have type 2 diabetes.
7. Say no to salt
Reduce salt in your diet. It can help lower blood pressure and protect your kidneys. Not salting the food on your plate may not be enough. Avoid prepared foods and use fresh ingredients when you can.
8. Take care of bruises and bruises
Diabetes increases the risk of infection and delays healing, therefore, treat even the simplest cuts and scrapes quickly. Clean your wound properly and use an antibiotic cream and a sterile bandage.
9. Break your smoking habit
People with diabetes who smoke are twice as likely to die prematurely than those who do not. Quitting smoking helps your heart and lungs. It reduces blood pressure and the risk of stroke, heart attack, nerve damage and kidney disease.
10. Set up doctor visits
Expect to see your doctor two or four times a year. If you take insulin or need help to balance your blood sugar levels, you may need to visit it more often. Also get an annual physical and visual examination. It should undergo screening for eye, nerve and kidney damage, and other complications. And be sure to tell all health care providers that you have diabetes.
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