My Name is Ronnie Gregory M and I have been a diabetic for 14 years.
Am also the guy behind this Diabetes Management blog.
I am an insulin dependent type 2 diabetic but it was not always so.
When I was diagnosed I was 19 years old and was diagnosed as a type 1 and was prescribed Insulin from the onset. I have always thought that my age had something to do with that diagnosis.
For a few years, I managed my diabetes with insulin, diet and exercise and I happened to switch jobs and my insurance provider. Needless to say, the new PCP diagnosed me as a type 2 and prescribed the Oral diabetes medication Actos.
A few years on Actos made my diabetes management challenging because I was gaining a lot of weight so the doctor decided to switch me to Metformin.
Fast forward to a few years later and due to some lax on my part and a suspected Metformin resistance, the Endo wanted to switch me to a different Oral medication but I decided to go with Insulin Instead. My personal Research had led me to concluding that Insulin was going to be my best shot at getting back to managing my diabetes effectively and I was right.
In the past 14 years I have been through enough circumstances to realize the key components to effective diabetes management, some truths and some lies as well.
The ABC’s of Diabetes management entails 3 simple things, Diet, Exercise and medications, combine those correctly and the control is effortless, skip on one and you are doomed to those nasty complications. its that simple.
Understanding the two crucial points below go a long way in your diabetes management journey.
1. Diabetes Management is easy
If someone told you that diabetes management is hard, they lied to you. Diabetes management is pretty easy and straight forward if you do what you are supposed to do. If you exercise daily, eat healthy and take your diabetes medications then life would be nirvana except of course having an incurable disease.
2. Diabetes Life is hard
Flip the coin over and you realize that it is the diabetic life that’s hard, Everything in your life that disrupts your diabetes management is caused is responsible for making it harder on you. If you lose your job for example and cannot afford your diabetes medication or supplies, that just throws your diabetes management out of the window doesn’t it.
Nuances of diabetes management
If delve further into the two points above, we will unearth the formula for effective diabetes management.
Since effective diabetes management is predicated on eating healthier, exercising and taking your medications regularly, doing these three things on a daily basis will ensure success.
Diet for diabetes management
There is no such thing as a diabetic diet.
There is no such thing as a magic diabetic diet you have to be on, low carb, no carb, low carb vegetarian diet , I have tried them all and I am here to tell you that a diabetic diet constitutes just one thing. Limiting carbohydrates especially simple carbs (white rice, pasta, white breads) because they tend to spike your blood sugars after a meal. Whole grains are recommended this includes what we call brown or whole grain (the brown rice and pasta) because they tend to digest more slowly and not spike your blood sugars. The number of carbs one eats is up for debate and I will leave that to you as the individual, find out what works for you and stick with it.
General Rule of thumb: The more carbs you limit from your diet, the easier management is going to be.
That having been said, that advice is more leaning towards type 2 diabetics on oral medication if you are on insulin, type 1 type 1.5 or type 2 then things are a bit easier to manage.
Type 1′s/ or type 2′s on insulin can Bolus, which basically means taking a shot of insulin Whenever food is eaten that may raise blood sugar(especially in the case of carbohydrates); and/or whenever blood sugars are too high and need to be corrected (made lower), this is not possible with oral medications.
Exercise for diabetes management
Exercise is obviously crucial to lowering your blood sugars and other healthy benefits. For the purposes of diabetes management do exercises (aerobic) that will raise your heartbeat for a sustained period of time usually 30 minutes at least 3 times a week, the variety is limitless so do what you love to do, walking, running, cycling, swimming. Recent studies have shown weightlifting to be beneficial as well so that should be considered when choosing a work out program. (as usual consult your doctor before starting any exercise program.)
Medications for diabetes management
Sticking to your medication schedules is key, not missing a dose and taking one as soon as possible are just the few tidbits that will make diabetes management more effective.
Remember diabetes management is easy if you do what you are supposed to do, join me in this journey to effective management and hopefully we can fight off those nasty diabetes complications.
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