A trip to the store can be a real chore. Jostling for parking spaces, screaming kids and grumpy shoppers can make the weekly shop a pain. This can be even worse if you are diabetic and struggling with low blood sugar levels. All too often we go shopping without a coherent plan in mind. We may have a list or some idea of the basics that we require but frequently we get carried away by our cravings. So here is some useful planning advice:
Decide in advance what you’re going to eat all week and list all the necessary ingredients. Make a different list containing all the non-edible items like cat food, toilet rolls and cleaning fluid. Avoid buying these at the supermarket where they can be more expensive and go instead to your local discount store. Avoid peak times if you need to concentrate. Try to shop when there are fewer crowds or take someone with you to help out.
Some excellent smart phone apps have been developed to help with management of your diet, insulin injections, diabetes medications, blood glucose and exercise.
This free app from the American Association of Diabetes Educators allows you to keep track of your goals. There are 7 categories of goal you can set and monitor with the app:
For every goal you set, you input how you intend to achieve it and what could stop you. Then you will receive reminders on your smart phone, encouraging you to continue with what you need to do to meet that goal.
With all of the uses and features that insulin pumps offer to their users, users often have a hard time finding a place to put their pump. Without a pocket, it is difficult to determine where, and how, a person should keep their insulin pump. Many people struggle with this, and since insulin pumps are so important for the people that require them, it is important to know where they can be kept on a person. Some ideas for places to keep your insulin pump include in your bra, underwear, on clothing/accessories, in tight pieces of clothing, footwear, and taping it to your skin. Below you will find tips and tricks about each location to make storing your insulin pump a lot easier and hassle free.
The greatest challenge in to staying healthy is sticking to a healthy diet. One will often have challenges about staying on course and dealing with the guilty of veering off. It is helpful to talk about it and share on the way to be more disciplined in stick to one’s own commitments. This is more so when one is dealing with life’s challenges like diabetes that need one to observe a strictly health diet.
It is not unusual for people with diabetes to fall pretty to burnout, particularly if they have been managing the condition for a long time. This is an affliction which stays with an individual for life, so after decades of control and regulation, the emotional aspects of management can get tough. It can get annoying and tiring having to balance blood sugars, take readings, and eat carefully every single day.
The holidays present a special time for families and friends to get together and reminiscence about past, current and future events. During this holiday, many families prepare sumptuous meals which are composed of stuffed Turkey, wine, main courses, salads and finally sweet desserts.
For individuals who suffer from diabetes, this holiday can prove to be very difficult especially when one considers the type of food on offer. The food is tempting, the music, the gathering and the decorations are beautiful and without extra caution, one can make bad decisions that can result in difficult health problems.
Below are tips to help you tackle diabetes this Thanksgiving holiday.
Diabetes is one of those diseases for which the risk can be affected by one’s lifestyle: Some food can speed up the recovery process for diabetics, while others may slow it down or aggravate the condition. We are all familiar with how candy and fast food can hurt us while more natural foods like fresh vegetables and fruits can help us, but there is also much else that many do not know. Here are ten eating tips for those with diabetes.