So, perhaps you’ve been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or you may have high glucose levels or are obese.
Perhaps your doctor has even prescribed medication to control your blood sugar levels and to ensure that your insulin levels are close to normal.
It is as important as ever for you to know how to diagnose diabetes at home and monitor this disease.
Being aware at home on your own as to whether you have diabetes is just as important as going to your doctor for check-ups. For one, diabetes is a disease that depends a lot on your vigilance – from the type and quantity of food you eat to how strict you are with your schedule of taking your pills or your insulin shots. If you want to get your diabetes under control, you have to be proactive about this disease.
Type 2 diabetes is becoming much more common than it was a decade ago, largely due to refined and overly processed foods and beverages that are a part of the everyday diet. If you are diagnosed with diabetes, you are well aware that this disease comes with life-threatening complications. Your doctor will tell you how important it is to monitor diabetes carefully and consistently, in order to manage the disease and avoid complications. These complications can be minor like having headaches to feeling woozy or they can be life threatening that will require hospitalization.
You’re doubtless prescribed medications to help manage your blood sugar levels and protect your heart and kidneys from devastating complications. A strict, albeit confusing diet comes with this medical territory. It’s easy enough to say that monitoring diabetes is necessary. However, because diabetes does have such frightening complications, many patients become scared silly, believing there’s no way out of this debilitating condition. This is why knowing how to diagnose diabetes and monitoring diabetes at home should be a joint effort by all members of the family. This way, everybody knows what its symptoms are and can help you in cases where you’re not able to give yourself your required insulin shot.
However, be also aware that some diabetes patients tend to become obsessive in their efforts at monitoring diabetes, to the extent that they are checking blood sugar levels too frequently. Several studies have concluded that diabetes patients who are obsessive in this way tend to experience a worsening of their condition over time, when compared with others who are consistent, but not obsessive. On the face of it, this seems to not make sense. However, stress is an important component of diabetes management. Stress raises the diabetic patient’s blood sugar levels. The less stress you have, the better off you are, particularly in the case of diabetes.
While your doctor sees diabetic patients every day, you are the individual who has diabetes and the condition does not seem trivial or common to your life. You’ve been given a booklet which gives a blow by blow description of the number of carbohydrates in normally nutritious foods. You are led to believe that carbohydrates should always be given a wide berth in your menus. If you eat a sandwich, that bread will strike you with a big guilt trip, leading to stress and depression. You should be monitoring diabetes in a manner that reduces stress, rather than increasing it!
What is not adequately stressed, is that refined sugars are your big enemy. Soda and other sweetened beverages should be cut out entirely. This single step will help you manage diabetes far more easily, making monitoring diabetes a great deal less stressful. Get a good reference book on nutrition and read it!
Carbohydrates are not inherently bad for the diabetic patient. It’s the type of carbs that matter most. When you want a sandwich, choose a whole-grain bread, high in fiber and complex carbohydrates. Avoid white bread, which has most of the nutrition and fiber removed, as well as containing added sugar. Don’t avoid vegetables just because they contain carbs – these are complex carbohydrates, which break down slowly into sugars. Be smart in managing your diet. Processed, ready to eat meals from the supermarket freezer are poor choices. Fish should be a mainstay of your diet.
Nutritional supplements are probably a good idea, as diabetics usually are deficient in certain nutrients which tend to exacerbate diabetes. Examples include the B complex vitamins, antioxidants and trace minerals such as selenium and zinc. Consult a nutritionist who can work with you on an individual basis.
It’s really up to you to educate yourself and develop a sensible diet and consistent schedule of monitoring diabetes. With less stress, good sleeping patterns, a healthy diet and avoiding those tempting sweets, you can avoid complications and gradually reduce your blood sugar readings, even to a consistently normal range!
While monitoring diabetes at home is essential, your regular visits to your doctors are just as important so you know exactly how you’re doing and what other steps you need to take.