There are a number of ways you can help take care of your diabetes:
Monitor Your Blood Sugar
Monitoring the level of sugar (glucose) in blood is the key to controlling diabetes. To be sure your glucose and insulin are in balance, check your blood sugar regularly. You can check your blood sugar level by using a blood glucose meter or having a blood test through your health care provider.
Your meal plan tells you when to eat your meals and snacks, what kinds of foods to eat, and how much of each food to eat. You don’t have to give up all the foods you like. But you do need to follow some guidelines -- and the Saint Anthony Hospital Center For Diabetes can help.
Even a small amount of exercise can greatly improve your health. Simple activity can also boost your mental outlook, and you may spend less money on your health care. Think of it this way: Small steps may take you a long distance towards long term health.
Take Your Medicine
Take the time to learn about your medicine. For instance, why are you taking it? What does it do? Work with your doctor the the other health care providers at the Saint Anthony Hospital Center For Diabetes to get the answers you need. Everyone should know the name of the diabetes medicine they take.
Manage Your Weight
Knowing the truth about losing weight can help you separate what works from what doesn’t. Don’t be taken in by expensive weight-loss fads like pills, herbs, and special foods. There’s no magic way to lose weight - but our Dieticians can help show you the way to a more healthful diet.
Take Care Of Your Body
When you have diabetes, your body needs special care. This care helps you stay healthy and prevent complications. Exercise and healthy eating are a part of this. You can also protect yourself by taking special care of your feet, skin, and teeth. Our team can assist with your self-care needs.
Take Care Of Your Eyesight
estimated 61 million American adults are at high risk of serious vision
loss. Monitoring your eyes from year to year is crucial. Annual eye
exams can track gradual changes and help detect early signs of
glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and changes in the veins of
the eye that lead to diabetic retinopathy & blindness.
eye disease is not limited to problems with your sight. Proactive care
can also help identify other health problems like diabetes and
Work With Your Health Care Provider
Diabetes affects the body in many complex ways, and having a team to help you stay as healthy and vital as possible, for as long as possible, is key.
The dedicated staff of the Saint Anthony Hospital Center For Diabetes is here to help you deal with, and manage, your diabetes concerns.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have regarding diabetes management or treatment.