Addicted to sugar? Pasta lover? Did you know that many low-fat food options contain more sugar and carbohydrates than normal fat options? You’re not alone, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes continues to rise.
Type 2 diabetes may be preventable or you can delay its progression. If you have not been diagnosed with diabetes, living a lifestyle that prevents or slows the disease will provide long-term benefits.
Diabetes is a lifelong condition where your body cannot produce enough insulin or does not use insulin properly. Your body uses insulin to control glucose levels in your blood. Too much sugar (glucose) in your blood over the long term may lead to serious problems such as nerve damage, blindness, kidney and heart disease.
People with diabetes do not experience symptoms until sugar levels have started to do damage. Regular visits to your doctor, dentist, and optometrist are important. Your PharmaChoice pharmacist can help with the treatment and monitoring of diabetes at all stages, and provide advice on how to prevent or slow the progression of diabetes.
Keeping your blood sugar levels within a healthy range will allow you to live the span of life you were meant to. Healthy choices, which your pharmacist can make easier to achieve include:
- No smoking
- Healthy eating and food choices
- Regular exercise
- Maintaining / targeting a healthy weight (waist size)
The insulin we naturally produce may decline as we age. Making health-positive decisions can slow that decline. We can definitely choose what and how much we eat. And if required, do not shy away from medication that is needed to keep your sugar levels in range.
Monitoring your sugar levels is easy, and is not just for people with diabetes. Blood glucose devices and accessories have made great advances and continue to. It’s easier and more comfortable to test now, than ever before. What do you hate about blood glucose testing or what prevents you from testing regularly? Discuss your concerns with your pharmacist, a solution may already exist.
Taking medication for diabetes or using insulin should be tailor-fitted. Your diet, activity levels, and other medications are unique to you, and so should be the use of your diabetes medications. Your pharmacist can help you achieve control of your blood sugar levels. Discuss adjustments of your medications with different food choices, when you feel sick, or change your activity level. Information about diabetes is always being updated, and more options to achieve control over blood sugar levels are available.