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How to Manage Your Diabetes To Keep Sugar Levels in Control

August 29, 2019


Hello, I am Ty Mason of thediabetescouncil.com,
researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. Today I want to talk about how to manage your
diabetes. After you watch the video today, I invite
you check out the description box for my new ebook. This is one of the most comprehensive diabetes
meal planning book you can find. It contains diabetes friendly meals/recipes,
recipes for different goals such as 800-1800 calories per day meal plan, diabetes meal
planning tips and tricks. There are also tons of diabetes friendly recipes
for everyone! This is a great topic but can be a bit overwhelming. There are so many aspects that go into managing
your diabetes. But today I want to talk in general terms
about what I feel are the most important ways to keep your blood sugar under control and
maintain a normal and active lifestyle. While we must make adjustments and do things
others don’t need to do, there is no reason why we can’t have as much pleasure out of
life as anyone else. We just need to make sure there are a few
details we need to pay attention to. I hope this video will help you recognize
those details and give you ways to implement them in your daily lives. That being said, the National Institute of
Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has a wonderful website with many educational
tools. I used their website extensively in researching
for this video. I highly recommend you visit their site. Probably the first way to control your diabetes
is to know what it is, how it affects your body and which type you have. This is knowledge. In just about any aspect of life, knowledge
is the key. If you want to know what something is, you
need to research it, read about, watch YouTube videos with handsome guys explaining it to
you! LOL Seriously, the best tool you can have
in your diabetes management tool box is knowledge. This can be accomplished by your healthcare
team. This team can consist of a doctor and his/her
nurses. It may also contain a diabetes educator. Some people (especially those with Type 1)
see a specialist called an endocrinologist. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask your healthcare provider what their expectations
are as far as your treatment plan. Make sure you know what a medicine does and
why you are taking it. Find out why you should have a diet plan that
includes or limits certain foods. You can be the most important member of your
healthcare team, but you have to be willing to participate. While you can lead a normal life with diabetes,
you do need to take it seriously. You don’t have a “little” diabetes. It’s not just that your “blood sugar is
a little high.” Diabetes needs to be seen as what it is, a
disease that needs to be treated and managed. There are a few terms you need to understand
when it comes to diabetes. Many of you know these, but I am going to
assume you don’t. Blood glucose level – This is the amount
of glucose or sugar in your blood stream. The chart on your screen shows you what these
numbers mean. This is a test you will perform daily on your
own. It does not require a doctor or nurse. You will prick your finger with a tool called
a lancet, place a drop of blood on a test strip that you have inserted into a glucometer
which will measure your blood sugar. It takes some getting used to, but after a
while you just do it. A1C – The A1C is a blood test that measures
your average blood sugar level over the past three months. It is different from the blood sugar checks
you do each day. This test is performed by at your health care
providers office. You need to know your blood sugar levels over
time. You don’t want those numbers to get too
high. High levels of blood sugar can harm your heart,
blood vessels, kidneys, feet, and eyes. The A1C goal for many people with diabetes
is below 7. It may be different for you. Ask what your goal should be. Another test you need to know more about is
blood pressure. This measures the pressure of blood against
the walls of your blood vessels. This is a test we need to keep in check as
one with diabetes. We have a tendency to have higher blood pressure
which can lead to heart problems for us in the future. Many healthcare providers feel a good blood
pressure for one with diabetes to be about 140/90. Honestly a great way to help manage your diabetes
is learning to cope with the fact that you have it. Yes, it is a serious disease, but you can
live a normal life with it. Worrying about it can cause stress. Also talk with your health care team about
getting started on a diabetes meal plan immediately. Get started with the right meal plan for you. You will have a lot of adjustments to make,
you will learn all about carbs, glycemic index, glycemic load and many other factors that
may seem overwhelming. But you can do it. Be active in maintaining your diabetes. By this I mean not only be active as a part
of your health care team, but also be active physically. Get exercise. It is very important that you stay mobile. Find something you like and do it. Walking, yoga, dance, whatever gets you out
and moving, do it. This is not something you wanted to have to
do. But now that you have diabetes, these are
the things you need to do to maintain it. I couldn’t possibly tell you everything
in 6 minutes. But this is a general overview. We have put together (and continue to put
together) videos that may well answer your questions. I hope they do. Get into a routine of checking blood sugar
and taking your meds. Most will agree that you need to be sure to
check your sugar every day at the same time. It is also important to take your meds every
day at the same time. Don’t forget to get my new ebook and please,
subscribe to our channel for many more videos like this one in the future. Thanks for watching. I am Ty Mason.

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