Honoring American Diabetes Month This November
One of the goals of the American Diabetes Association is to raise awareness and focus the nation’s attention on issues surrounding diabetes, and American Diabetes Month is one way the American Diabetes Association does that. With nearly 26 million children and adults in America with diabetes and another 79 million with prediabetes and at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, this month marks and important opportunity for us to come together and prevent diabetes.
The focus of American Diabetes Month is to raise attention for the issues that surround diabetes and people who are affected by diabetes. While living with diabetes will affect several aspects of a person’s life, there are many ways people with diabetes can manage their condition.
One important part of living with diabetes is ensuring your body gets the proper nutrition it needs. Some people find it helpful to keep a meal schedule to help manage blood sugar levels, and having a schedule for meal times can also help you coordinate when you should take certain medications. It also important that all the meals are balanced to provide the right mix of starches, fruits, and vegetables, as carbohydrates have a big impact on blood sugar levels.
Another important component of diabetes management is exercise. Aside from maintaining a regular exercise regime, you’ll want to talk with your doctor about what blood sugar levels are appropriate before you begin exercising. You’ll also want to ensure you stay hydrated while exercising to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Keep a small snack or glucose pill nearby in case your blood sugar level drops too low. It’s also recommended to wear a medical ID bracelet while exercising.
The final, and possibly most important, factor of managing your diabetes is to be mindful of your medication schedule, should you need medication to manage your diabetes. You’ll need to ensure any insulin is stored properly and that you are cautious when switching to new medications. Make sure any new medicine you may need won’t affect your blood sugar levels. If you experience any issues with your blood sugar levels, speak with your doctor to see if you need to adjust the dosage amount or your medication timing schedule.