Diabetes is usually described as a metabolic diseases that involves high blood sugar. The causes are either an insufficient production of insulin by the pancreas, or cells that are unresponsive to insulin.
Diabetes does not, when treated accordingly, lead to death. It is a condition many people live long, fulfilling lives with, however, untreated, it can lead to a series of potentially deadly complications such as:
- diabetic ketoacidosis
- nonketotic hyperosmolar coma
- cardiovascular disease
- chronic renal failor
- diabetic retinopahthy
- never damage
- skin complications
Like in the case of heart disease, people who suffer from diabetes can control their condition by making life style changes that are also beneficial for overall health.
Living with diabetes
Being diagnosed is hard on anyone, but the sooner the person realizes there are certain steps that fallowed properly can lead to a quality lifestyle, the better they can adjust to living with this conditions.
– Frequent appointments to discuss overall health: It is best that once diagnosed, the patient chooses a doctor they feel comfortable with and can trust and establish a program of frequent visits to discuss evolution, lifestyle changes and monitor overall health.
– Diet: the diet is the most important aspect in dealing with any type of diabetes. Nutritional needs differ from patient to patient so it is better to discuss the diet with the doctor and dietitian. While this means changing the patient’s eating habits, it is actually not a detrimental change at all. A diabetic’s diet is as healthy as they get, by fallowing it, you do not only control the condition, but also lead a healthier life.
– Keeping a diary: A food and overall wellness diary does a lot for the patient’s moral and can also help the doctor fallow progress more accurately. There are certain triggers such as depression or tiredness that require “comfort food”. This can be addressed by learning to prepare non-sugary “treats”. There are a lot of diabetic cookbooks and recipes online and most supermarkets also have sections for diabetic-friendly sweets and snacks.
– Medication: medication is an important part of maintaining wellness and overall health. In order not to skip or forget doses and risk complications patients can use calendars, phone alerts or special weekdays pillboxes.
– Exercising: It doesn’t matter if you go to the gym, take long walks, or exercise at home. Different rutines work best for different people and different age groups, what is most important however is that exercise is always a part of daily routine at least 3-4 times a week.
– Sleep: sleep is very important for allowing the body time to repair and recover, and it becomes increasingly important for people suffering of medical conditions such as diabetes. Always assure at least 8 hours a sleep per night.