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5 avenues to better diabetes control

Living with diabetes is not an easy task, and there are no cookie cutter steps that can be employed to help someone control their diabetes effectively. Everyone is different. However, focusing on the following five overarching categories can light your path to better overall health: diet, exercise, medications, supplies and your medical team.

Tips for improving diabetes control

1. Diet. One of the key aspects of diabetes control is managing your diet. This process includes not only what you eat, but how much you you eat at each meal. I try to eat colored instead of white foods. For example, I choose whole wheat bread and brown rice over white bread and white rice. Whole wheat and brown foods typically digest more slowly and traditionally do not cause the blood sugar spikes associated with white foods.

Always consume foods in moderation. One way to do so is to eat 5 or 6 smaller meals a day, allowing for a constant digestion process and to prevent a roller coaster ride of slow sugars when hungry and high sugars when full.

2. Exercise. Exercise offers numerous benefits, including helping to lower blood sugar levels. To be effective, you need to find a regimen that suits your needs and comfort levels and, more importantly, stick to that regimen. I recommend including your friends and families into your exercise routine, not only for group camaraderie, but for keeping family members healthy as well.

3. Medications. Diabetes medications work in tandem with diet and exercise to help control blood glucose levels. Keeping to the required dosage and recommended intervals, whether insulin or oral medication, makes it that much easier to manage your blood sugars.

4. Diabetes supplies. Because we don't have a cure for diabetes--yet--means we have to manage it constantly, day and night. Keeping supplies on-hand, such as glucose tabs for unexpected low blood sugar episodes can help prevent further emergencies.

5. Medical Team. Your medical team is an integral part of taking care of yourself. While physician visits may only occur every three to six months, it is paramount you keep these appointments. Why? Your doctors are tasked to keep an eye on the long-term picture of your diabetes control. Using tools such as the A1c test can help you and your doctors decipher the overall trends in your diabetes care.

Read more posts by Ronnie Gregory.

About Ronnie Gregory

Ronnie Gregory is a blogger and avid diabetes activist. He is dedicated to helping others living with diabetes. Follow him on The Diabetes Collective to hear his story and learn about raising awareness about diabetes.

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