A lot of people avoid the long-term problems of diabetes by taking good care of themselves. While others tend to take things lightly and as a result, fall prey to long-term complications like heart disease, nerve damage, kidney failure and blurred vision.
Here are 10 easy-to-do pointers that diabetics can follow diligently to manage their diabetes effectively and still lead a normal, healthy life.
Eat a balanced meal.1
Eat the right portions of healthy foods including fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat containing foods.1
Eat foods that have less salt and fat content.1
Get at least 30 minutes of activity/exercise on most days of the week.2
Keep an exercise schedule.2
Stop smoking. If you can’t do it on your own, seek help from friends, family and other non-smokers who can help you.3
Take medicines the way your doctor tells you.2Aspirin has been used to prevent the primary and secondary cardiovascular events in diabetic individuals.4
Check your feet every day for cuts, blisters, red spots and swelling. Call your doctor right away about any sores that won’t heal.5
Brush your teeth and floss every day to avoid problems with your mouth, teeth or gums.6
Check your blood glucose the way your doctor tells you to.2
Remember managing diabetes by following the right diet, exercising regularly, taking the prescribed medicines on time and going for periodic check-ups can not only help you lead a normal life, but also save you from a host of potential health complications in the long-term.