Admit it. Sugar and carbohydrates are so tempting and addicting, no matter what age group you might be. But as common as common sense should be, everything that’s too much can be dangerous to lethal. However, most people neglect their discipline in nutritional intake and lifestyle. As a result, millions suffer from mild to severe medical conditions, being one of the most common… You got it right, diabetes! This is the reason why diabetic education and adult medicine are crucial for adults, so we can teach them to the next generation.
According to statistics since 2017, diabetes has affected 34.5 million people, which is equivalent to 10.5% of the US population. In addition to that, there is prediabetes that has affected 88 million people. Imagine! That’s diabetes three years ago for you. Imagine how much more people are affected by the condition.
What is diabetes anyway?
As a short description for diabetes, it is a health condition wherein blood sugar level is too high or too low. Just to be clear, blood sugar or glucose is not entirely harmful to the body. In fact, it becomes converted into energy which is important in our daily lives. The thing is that when Insulin, a hormone that’s produced by the pancreas, is not sufficient, the sugar in your blood stays in the blood. Vice Versa. This is where a person encounters more severe medical conditions as time goes by such as heart disease, kidney failure, eye problem, dental disease, foot problems, and stroke.
To add to the fact that diabetes is terrifying, what makes it more alarming is that it doesn’t have a cure. This is not to discourage you in life or push you to lose hope, rather a silver lining. This is why diabetic education and adult medicine is the key to manage and even prevent a person from diabetes.
To make it seem easy to understand, diabetes management is all about proper diet, lifestyle and, organized and planned daily routine. But most things are not as easy as it seems especially in terms of complicated conditions like diabetes.
How does lifestyle affect blood sugar?
In order to prevent diabetes (for those who don’t have it) and manage diabetes, you must initiate and follow these six key changes in your lifestyle.
1. Have The Initiative, Take The First step
Some people who don’t have diabetes abuse and neglect their health, with this in their minds — “I don’t have diabetes, why should I go through diet and practice healthy living?”. This is where most people are wrong and have been wrong. This is the reason why diabetes has affected millions of people around the world because food and procrastination are addicting! The same goes for a person who already has diabetes, “Well, I have diabetes anyways, and I have medication to take. A little bit of food and procrastination will not hurt”. Well, as a saying by Vernon Mercado goes, “Regret is always at the end of the road.”
This is why everyone needs to learn about diabetic education, and adult medicine is crucial. A proper lifestyle and a healthy daily routine are a good start to prevent and manage diabetes.
2. Eat Healthily
You might be thinking — “Are we back to our grade school science and homeroom class?”. Ehrm, no. Eating healthy is the key to a healthy body, is all we want to say. Unfortunately, this is also what most people with diabetes have neglected.
Focus on taking in food that is necessary for your body. You should choose nonfat dairy products and lean meats. Get plenty of vegetables, whole grains, and fruits. Yes, even fruits, although it is a source of sugar since most fruits are sweet, it is composed of fructose which does not generally raise the blood sugar in the blood, but remember that moderation is crucial. To add to that, remember to limit sugar and carbohydrate intake since it is the main trigger of diabetes.
3. Stop Smoking.
In general, smoking doesn’t really trigger diabetes. However, smoking makes you more prone to more health problems like eye diseases, stroke, kidney failure, and many more. This is why you should abstain from smoking or at least control your smoking habits.
4. Drink Alcohol Moderately
I may have said this a couple of times, but just to make it as remarkable as it should be — Anything too much is dangerous to you. Management is all about control, and in this aspect, controlling your blood sugar level is the key. Alcohol can affect your blood sugar, making it either too high or too low. You can have as much fun as you want without having to take in too much alcohol. What’s not fun is being confined in a hospital. Moderation is the key.
5. Stress Management
Stress is a huge factor in terms of blood sugar levels. Aside from the fact that stress hormones can affect other hormone’s production, there are also these side effects that can cause a domino effect on your lifestyle. Stress can either make you eat more or eat less. It can cause anxiety, making you neglect exercise and medicine intake. It is important to manage and relieve stress such as exercise, yoga, deep breathing, or as simple as doing your hobbies.
6. Consult Your Doctor and Get Check-ups
Whether you’re having irregularities in how you feel or just your regular check-ups, it is critical to get your scheduled check-ups. It is necessary to check your blood sugar level now and then to avoid any complications in the long run. Still doesn’t have an appointment with a clinic or doctor? Medical clinics offer services that take care of Adult Medicine and Diabetes Education. Make your appointment now and call Chariss Family.
There might not be a cure for diabetes for now, but as technology advances, hopefully, we get the diabetes solution. In the meantime, the best we can do is learn about diabetes management. From eating healthy to managing your stress, we must take the initiative by taking care of our bodies. Always remember to maintain a healthy lifestyle and daily routine to attain the healthy body that we’ve been dreaming of. At Chariss Family Medical Clinic, we can help you take the first step in managing diabetes through the services that we offer, like Adult Medicine. Release the best health potential you can get at Chariss Family Medical Clinic.