If you're one of the millions of Americans who have diabetes, you know how difficult it can be to manage this condition at times. However, it should not prevent you from achieving your goals or dreams. Effective diabetes management is the first step toward living well.
Understanding how to manage diabetes, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), can improve your energy and healing ability while decreasing your chances of other health complications such as a heart attack, nerve damage, kidney failure, blindness, and gum disease.
October being Health Literacy Month, PatientMD aims to help individuals access quality healthcare services.
To find a doctor nearby, register on the PatientMD platform and search for the doctor at your convenience. Your doctor can guide you well on how to manage diabetes in the best way, but what else can you do?
Here are some helpful steps for keeping your diabetes under control and maintaining healthy glucose levels.
Control your weight
The single most vital cause of diabetes is obesity. Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle increase the risk of having diabetes sevenfold. Obesity increases your risk of developing diabetes by 20 to 40 times that of a healthy weight. Losing 7-10% of your current weight can reduce your risk of developing diabetes by half.
Blood glucose monitoring
Diabetes patients may find it difficult to keep track of their blood sugar levels. Continuous Glucose Monitoring, also known as a CGM, may be appropriate for you. These devices monitor your blood sugar levels throughout the day and night, reducing the need for finger sticks. On wirelessly connected handheld devices, you can see your sugar level at a glance at any time. Now you can put your glucose readings into your PHR so that your doctor can track the progress or status. PatientMD offers a bouquet of patient care solutions that can simplify the patient journey.
With PatientMD Remote Patient Monitoring, your doctor can also see trends in how your sugar levels change over a few hours or days. Knowing your blood sugar levels in real-time can help you and your doctor make better decisions throughout the day. It can, for example, assist you in balancing your diet, physical activity, and medications.
Exercise is one of the best methods to decrease insulin resistance. PatientMD takes special care so that you do not forget to exercise regularly. Set your exercise schedule on the PatientMD platform through a web app or PatientMD App and get timely reminders. Also, you can set reminders for medicine as well so that you take it in a timely!
Tune Up Your Diet
A healthy diet that includes a variety of major food groups can help you control your blood sugar, maintain a healthy weight, and provide you with more energy throughout the day. You can consult with your doctor or health care provider to develop a healthy meal plan that is right for you. Visit your doctor from the comfort of your home via audio, video, or chat through the PatientMD Telemedicine services.
People with diabetes must take utmost care when it comes to monitoring their blood sugar levels. With these simple steps, you'll be in a better position to manage your diabetes every day. To learn more about how PatientMD can help you manage diabetes, register on our platform or text us at +18727048154.