Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Quick Tips for Staying Healthy with Diabetes from Wayne HealthCare

Follow the healthy eating plan developed by a registered dietitian. Talk with a dietitian if you have questions about eating healthy and incorporating carbohydrates into your meal plan. The dietitian will also work with your meal plan and incorporate adjustments if you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Learning to eat healthy does not mean that you have to give up your favorite food items. Medicare will pay 100% of individual diabetic diet education.

Be active. Start out by gradually increasing physical activity. Try parking farther away in the parking lot, walking during commercials, and being active for 15 minutes each hour you are on the computer. Work toward 30 minutes of activity five days a week. This can be broken down into 10 minutes of activity three times a day. Incorporate some strength training activities like using exercise bands with aerobic activities like walking.

Take your diabetes medications at the same time each day. Your doctor has prescribed medications to help control your blood sugar, so you need to make sure you are taking the medication. If you often forget to take your medication try putting a note on the bathroom mirror or placing our medication on the table.

Check your blood glucose everyday. Checking at alternating times throughout the day will let you know if there is a pattern in your blood sugar based on time of day, activity, food, illness, etc. This information will help determine if an adjustment in your diabetes care is needed.

Check your feet everyday for cuts, blisters, sores, swelling, redness, or sore toenails. Let the doctor know if you injure your feet in any way. Never go barefoot. Always wear shoes and socks that fit well. Remember to have a comprehensive foot exam every year.

Schedule routine screenings- eye exam, dental exam, cholesterol and lipid levels checked, A1C test, comprehensive foot exam, kidney tests, and blood pressure checked. These screenings can help identify problem areas which can increase your risk from complications.

Individual Diabetes Education is also covered in part or in full by several insurance companies and Medicare.

To learn more about staying healthy with diabetes consider attending education at Wayne HealthCare. You can receive individual or group education from a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator.

Group classes are provided in a series of four classes, which will cover many different aspects of diabetes care. The next class series will be held on June 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the conference room at Wayne HealthCare. The low price of $10.00 per class includes handouts and interactive education. Registration is required to attend the classes.

If you have questions about the educational opportunities provided by Wayne HealthCare or you would like to register for class, please call (937) 547-5750.

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