Trying to Live With Diabetes


Living with diabetes has day to day challenges, such as fighting high and low blood sugars, and struggling to estimate the correct amount of insulin to take with every meal. Many important steps are to be taken when managing diabetes to pursue a healthy life.

Diabetics can live a long and healthy life by learning the long and short term effects of the disease, making changes to their lifestyle, and managing the illness with medicines correctly.

There are many long and short term effects that could set in with unmanaged diabetes. If blood glucose levels remain increased for a long period of time, short term effects may occur such as fatigue, pain in legs, mood swings, hyperglycemia and frequent urination.

The long term effects of increased glucose levels are blindness, amputations, kidney failure, liver damage, strokes and nerve damage This can also result into a fatal Diabetic Keto Acidosis coma (DKA).

When blood glucose levels decrease, short term effects may occur, such as increase of hunger, emotional distress, trembling and faintness. When blood glucose levels remain low for a long time, a low sugar coma will occur and there is a certain amount of time you have to regain consciousness.

These effects will take a toll on your life if diabetes is not managed,,and many of them are irreversible.

To prevent these effects, a change of lifestyle is required. Diabetics have to make changes to their eating habits. A healthy, balanced diet should be put into effect. This includes eating items from each food group and having three meals a day, plus the needed snacks. Some food restrictions will have to be made, such as cutting out anything with high carbohydrates and high sugar content.

Doctors will have to monitor the diabetes. Therefore, frequent doctor visits will be required. A variety of doctors will be set up as a team to make sure each area of the disease is taken care of.

Daily activities should be increased to keep your body fit and sugars level. An increase in activity is great, but you must also take time out to regulate sugars. Extra intake of food is needed when an increase of exercise is planned.

Diabetes can make for many obstacles in life, and it can be difficult to get used to the lifestyle changes needed.

In addition to lifestyle changes, medical interventions are required to manage diabetes properly. Depending on your way of life, a certain type of insulin and dosage intake will be prescribed to you by your doctor. Insulin helps stabilize your sugar levels. Procedures for taking your insulin will be given by the doctor, and you must dose according to sugar level and food intake.

Medical costs also take a toll when living with this disease. Without medical benefits, supplies can become extremely costly. If your medicine is not taken properly, diabetes will remain uncontrolled, which will lead to even more problems and obstacles in your life and in treating the disease.

There are many precautions to take when dealing with diabetes, and many to learn about and take very seriously. If monitored well, diabetics can remain untouched by the long term effects, live happily with their new lifestyle changes, and gain the knowledge of properly medicating themselves to live and feel great for the rest of their lives.

by Nikita Turner

Nikita Turner is a college student working towards a Nursing degree from Ontario, Canada. She is a guest author on the Blog N’ Butter Blog Network’s Your Health Today Blog and is an expert on Diabetes and Diabetic Treatments.

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