Five Things To Do Daily To Improve Your Diabetes Blood Sugar

Improve Your Diabetes Blood SugarIf you have diabetes, improving your diabetes blood sugar levels does not come overnight. You have to engage in some daily routines in order to make sure that your blood glucose levels are kept in check. Diabetes treatment and management is all about lifestyle modifications, so it is not simply a one time, big time deal, but something that has to be incorporated in your everyday routine. Here are five tips on how to help improve your blood sugar levels on a daily basis.

  1. Stick to a well-balanced diet. Aside from avoiding foods that are high in sugar, a better tip would be to moderate what you eat from the different food groups. Plan every meal so that you have a proper balance of starches, fruits, vegetables, fats, and proteins. It is not good to eradicate any one of those food groups in your diet. You should also make sure that you eat the same amount of carbohydrates every meal, as doing otherwise can have a negative effect in your blood sugar levels. Keeping a schedule for your meals and eating the proper portion sizes are important. To be able to create the proper meal plan, you can consult your doctor or dietician.
  2. Have an exercise schedule. You need to work out a daily exercise regimen with your doctor. This should be properly coordinated with your diet and medication regimen so that they all work together towards achieving an improved blood sugar level. In exercising, make sure that you stay hydrated by drinking lots of water during and after exercise. Be prepared with a small snack, juice, or candy when exercising, just in case your blood sugar levels drop too low.
  3. Check your blood sugar levels. You should have a glucose test kit with you so that you can determine your blood sugar levels before and after meals. This will be the key for you to know when you should take your medication, and when you are in the danger of becoming hypoglycemic. Invest in a glucometer with test strips so that you can constantly check your sugar levels. It is advisable to check before and after every meals, but it can be very expensive so you can just ask your doctor about the frequency of checking your glucose levels. It all depends on the severity of your condition.
  4. Take maintenance meds. All diabetics have maintenance medication, whether oral or parenteral. Those who can still control their diabetes without resulting to insulin injections are given oral anti-hypoglycemic agents, while those who have more advanced diabetes are given insulin shots. Whatever your treatment regimen is, make sure that you stick to it and take them on time. You should also store your medications properly, especially your insulin injections, for them to remain viable.
  5. Do not smoke or drink. Smoking and drinking exacerbates diabetes symptoms. It also further increases your risk of developing diabetes complications, such as cardiovascular and kidney problems. If you were used to drinking and smoking when you still did not have diabetes, you should consider quitting those.

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About Mathea

Mathea Ford, RD/LD, is the owner of Healthy Diet Menus For You, LLC. She has over 22 books on Amazon, check out her work at http://www.renaldiethq.com/go/author

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