Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Diabetes Care

Spring has finally made its way to Ohio. Individuals can be observed walking or riding their bikes. Spring is a time to spruce up our yards and plant gardens. This time of the year individuals can be seen taking care of the outside of their yard, but it is also a time to take care of yourself if you have diabetes.

Remember to test your blood glucose level. This will help guide your treatment plan by determining the effects of activity, food, and medication on glucose. It also helps to prevent hypoglycemia. Do not forget to take your medications as directed.

Uncontrolled blood glucose can affect your heart, kidneys, nerves, mouth, feet, and eyes. Take into account screenings which can help with diabetes control: home blood glucose testing, Hemoglobin A1c, blood pressure, lipid panel, dilated eye exam, kidney tests, foot exam, dental exam, and immunizations.

Also remember to include physical activity and exercise daily. You do not need to run a marathon to lower your blood glucose. You may consider walking for ten minutes three times a day. Take into account for every minute of activity/exercise, you will lower your blood glucose about 1 point.

Consider having a sick day plan. Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration which can develop from nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and fever.

Monitor your blood glucose every 4 hours. Contact your doctor if you have persistent high or low blood glucose, or if you have any questions.

Life can become busy and lead to stress. Learn ways to manage stress, since it can affect your blood glucose level. You can do deep breathing or muscle relaxation exercises when you are stressed. Exercising or talking to someone about your feelings can also help to lower your stress level.

To learn more about carrying for yourself with diabetes consider attending one of the upcoming diabetes events at Wayne HealthCare. The FREE Diabetes Wellness Program will be held on May 13, 2014 at 2:00pm. This FREE program will discuss “Hyperglycemia and Hypoglycemia”. The Diabetic Group Class series will be held on May 6, 12, 19, and 27, 2014 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. The cost of the four day class is $40. The class will provide you with the knowledge to help make healthy lifestyle decisions regarding your management of diabetes. The classes are for individuals who are newly diagnosed with diabetes and individuals who have had diabetes for years. A Pre-Diabetes Class will be held on May 21, 2014 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. The cost of the pre-diabetes class is $10. You will learn about lifestyle changes to reduce your risk for diabetes. To register of one of the upcoming programs, please call 937-547-5750.

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