How I Handle Managing My Diabetes Care
This month, the American Diabetes Association released new guidelines for managing diabetes, including type 2 diabetes. The guidelines recommend focusing on higher weight loss goals, getting enough sleep, increasing physical activity, and lowering blood pressure. After reading through the guidelines, it became clear to me that complacency is the enemy of proper diabetes care.
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When I think of complacency in diabetes care, I see it as standing still and not taking necessary steps to manage the condition. For example, someone may stop checking their weight because they're unhappy with the number they see on the scale. Similarly, they may also stop monitoring their blood glucose levels because they are uncomfortable with the results. Complacency can also arise from denial. Despite experiencing symptoms like tingling in the fingers and toes, blurry vision, or unnoticed cuts, some individuals choose to ignore them, pretending they aren't related to high blood sugar levels. This mindset can be dangerous because these symptoms could be signs of complications that, if left untreated, could lead to vision loss or even amputation.
Furthermore, complacency can extend to not worrying about high A1c levels or dismissing the impact of an unhealthy diet on blood sugar levels. It could be any number of things that contribute to complacency in diabetes care.
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I know firsthand how complacency can set in. Over the past few months, I avoided stepping on the scale and ignored high sugar levels in the morning. However, after finally facing the truth and evaluating my situation, I realized I needed help.
I reached out to my doctor through a video call and explained the problem and how I had let things slip. I mentioned stress, deadlines, and indulging in delicious seasonal treats as contributing factors. My doctor listened attentively and then suggested a nutritionist who specializes in vegetarian diets. They also prescribed a new medication that could regulate my blood sugar levels and potentially aid in weight loss. A week later, I'm back on track. Although I haven't lost weight yet, I haven't gained any either. My sugar levels may not be perfect, but they have been stable or even decreased slightly. This is a huge relief.
Taking care of diabetes is not a simple task; it requires constant attention and dedication. If you find yourself in denial or tempted to become complacent, I urge you to take action. Whether it's choosing a healthy meal, contacting a diabetes educator, or going for a walk, these actions can be the first steps towards preventing future complications and taking control of your health.
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