How to Control Diabetes?
Take Control of Diabetes by Avoiding these 5 Common Mistakes
There are some common mistakes that most diabetic patients do. Keeping the blood sugar level as close to normal as possible cuts down your risk of facing complications related to diabetics. If all the seventeen million people who are suffering from diabetics take good care of their health, the deaths and amputations, blindness related to diabetics can be brought down to the bare minimum.
Mentioned below are some of the most common mistakes that one does when faced with diabetics.
1. Flying solo
Most diabetic patients when they first identify that they have diabetics, refuse to believe it. The next step that they take is, they try telling everyone that they are not under any problems and can live with diabetics on their own. Perhaps this is their way of not coming to terms with diabetics. But one cannot fight out a lone battle with diabetics for a long time. For this you need the help of your friend and family, include your doctor and possibly your dietician. You got to develop a health
care team to look after yourself. Educate yourself with the help of your doctor on what are the signs of your blood glucose levels increasing and when you should turn to a specialist for help. An important player in your team is an endocrinologist.
Carry out routine tests and discuss with your doctor about the results. The medications and diets should not be changed without consulting your group of specialists. Education is a continuous process, do so with diabetics and you can live a long and healthy life.
2. Straying off the straight and narrow
Carrying out blood glucose tests at home with a test kit and a glucose meter is the most handy option as you can keep a tab of your blood glucose levels. Be sure of the basics and follow them strictly. Do not deviate from the laid down procedures for checking. Most manufacturers give you a full demo or written instructions on how to go about the tests. When making use of a particular meter, be sure to use the strips that are compatible with the meter. Use control solutions, this is one of the best ways to ensure that your test strips are accurate. When you buy a new box of test strips, do a random check of one strip with the help of the control solution. This is sufficient to determine the accuracy of the strip. Do not use strips that have been exposed to the atmosphere for a longtime or that has been kept open for over a duration of time.
Do a test again if you happen to get an abnormally high or low reading than the symptoms that you feel that you are suffering from. Do not re-use lancets. This is likely to cause an infection, and an infected wound in a diabetic patient is quite dangerous. It may lead to amputations in a worst case scenario.
If you are not sure about the testing procedure or you have any doubts regarding any indications do not hesitate to ask your health care worker or your doctor.
3. Testing with the dinosaurs
Blood glucose testing with home kits today is not what it was once. Earlier blood glucose testing kits required more than five deciliter of blood to calculate the blood glucose level of an individual. Today you could do a blood glucose level test with blood as little as three micro liters of blood. Compared to earlier tests the blood samples need to drawn only from nerve endings like the finger tips, now a days blood can be drawn from alternative sites like the thighs and the upper fore arm. This makes the blood glucose testing less painful. Stated by the president of American Supplies for diabetic meters and accessory equipment for diabetic control, Mr Gary Janson “Your fingertips contain a lot of nerves, so testing your blood sugar level can be painful”. He also stated that this new technology could allow people to check their blood sugar with virtually zero pain.
4. Moving your mouth more then your hips
Obesity is one of the main contributing factors towards complications in diabetics. So what one should do is control what he is eating and get a regular exercise. This is possible with the help of a dietician, giving your proper advice and working out on your regular schedule. Find an activity that will burn your energy like biking or walking. You will find a wealth of information in the Internet regarding diabetes. One can use the internet to plan his / her diet or get advice on the diet.
5. Paying too much for testing supplies
The cost of testing supplies well exceeds $ 1,200 for a year for a person who tests his / her blood sugar three times a day. Medicare provides for insurance cover for most diabetic expenses and this is done hassle free for all patients.