TO KNOW HOW TO ADAPT TO A NEW REALITY
Living with diabetes can seem like a big challenge. Following the announcement of the diagnosis, did you feel distraught, angry, scared? These are normal reactions. Rest assured, there are many resources of all kinds to help you take control of your diabetes. Many health professionals, like your pharmacist, can become your allies to help you learn to live harmoniously with this disease. The success of your approach is based on teamwork and the person who is the center is you!
The treatment of diabetes involves changes in your life. At first, it may seem demanding, but over time you will see that you have a lot of power to control your blood sugar (blood sugar) and live well with diabetes. Here are some basic steps that can make all the difference:
- learn about diabetes
- adopt healthy lifestyle habits;
- rigorously monitor your blood sugar
- be faithful to your medication.
LEARN ABOUT DIABETES AND ITS TREATMENT
If you read this text, it is because your information process is undertaken! In order to participate actively in your treatment, it is important to understand why the control of diabetes is so beneficial.
The treatment of diabetes can:
- avoid hyperglycemia and its symptoms;
- limit or delay the onset of diabetes-related complications;
- improve your quality of life
- increase your life expectancy.
The more you know about diabetes and its treatment, the more you’ll be able to adjust your lifestyle and manage your diabetes … rather than let it manage your life.
ADOPT HEALTHY HABITS
The first recommendations you should follow relate to lifestyle. Indeed, the basis of diabetes treatment is to make changes in your daily life. The following measures, for example, will help you maintain your health:
- adopt a healthy and balanced diet;
- practice physical activity regularly
- lose weight and maintain a healthy weight
- limit the consumption of alcohol;
- stop smoking.
Even your loved ones will benefit from these changes!
Nutritionists are competent health professionals to help you incorporate changes into your diet. They can make a food plan with you, based on your current habits. A physical activity specialist, such as a kinesiologist, can help you develop an exercise plan based on your physical condition and abilities.
MEASURE YOUR BLOOD SUGAR
Self-monitoring of blood glucose means measuring it with a small device called the glucose meter or glucose meter. Your pharmacist can advise you on the choice of a reader and show you how to use it. This small tool, used daily, can make all the difference in your support. It is thanks to him that you will be able to follow closely the impact of the positive measures that you have taken and the effect of your medications. In the light of the results obtained, you can correct the shot when the reader informs you that your blood sugar is not well controlled.
Blood glucose results are important to you and your healthcare professionals. That’s why you have to be diligent and follow your blood sugar carefully. Here are some tips to maximize self-monitoring of your blood glucose:
- Write down your results in a notebook or keep them in your memory. Most devices have such a function. Many also allow you to log important information that will make adjustments easier. Ask your pharmacist about the various features of your device and make sure you understand how they can help you monitor your blood glucose levels and manage your diabetes.
- Ask your pharmacist or the health professional responsible for your follow-up to indicate the desired frequency of testing. Ask them what you should do if your blood glucose is too high or too low.
- Try to keep up the pace with your tests. Many people, over time, reduce their frequency or drop this measure altogether. This is unfortunate because self-monitoring of blood glucose is at the heart of good management.
BE FAITHFUL TO YOUR MEDICATION
To have a blood glucose level close to normal, it is possible that the changes to your diet and physical activity are insufficient. This is when your doctor will prescribe medications that will help you better control your blood sugar. These may be oral or injectable medications (such as insulin). However, it remains important to maintain healthy lifestyle habits in order to optimize the results of drug treatment.
It is not always easy to integrate medication in everyday life. It is also possible that you experience side effects from certain medications. Do not hesitate to call your pharmacist, he can provide you with tips and tools to help you overcome these difficulties. Taking your medications daily, as prescribed, ensures better treatment success.
DIABETES MANAGEMENT: TEAMWORK
Diabetes-related complications can be delayed or prevented by proper management of the disease. Many health professionals, as well as specialized diabetes care teams, can share their expertise with you. Find out about a diabetes education center near you. Here you will be able to benefit from a complete education on diabetes, as well as being evaluated and treated by a team of competent and dynamic professionals. You will appreciate having invested time and energy in this process. Ask your doctor to refer you to such a center.
Just as an orchestra can not be coordinated without its leader, your diabetes needs you to be actively involved in its management by being at the heart of decisions about your health. Surround yourself with a group of health professionals who are virtuosic in diabetes and benefit from their expertise. It’s up to you to choose between chaos or harmony!