Countries all over the globe are beginning to open their doors and economies after months of lockdown initiatives. People who were working from home during the outbreak will soon return to the office.

Some businesses will maintain remote operations, while others will send their entire workforce back to the office.  These two scenarios are at both ends of the spectrum, but the majority of companies will be looking at flexible solutions to continue operating their businesses.

Decision-makers should now develop a plan to reintegrate their staff back to the office with their safety in mind.

Check out these guidelines for a safe return-to-work transition.

Many of us today have at least heard of diabetes, even if we don’t fully understand what it is or how it’s caused. Most likely, we know one person out of ten who has been diagnosed with it. The person could be you, a friend, a coworker, or a family member. That’s because 34.2 million Americans have the disease, as stated in the National Diabetes Statistics Report for 2020.

Diabetes is not only widespread in the US as more than 422 million people in the rest of the world have it, too. Awareness of this and a sufficient understanding of the disease and its causes will help prevent its development early on. That’s why equipping yourself with the right information is important, such as the accurate diabetes definition, so you can preserve your and your family’s health

 Living With Type 2 Diabetes: Treatment, Management, and Symptoms

Living with Type 2 Diabetes


According to the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2020., 34.2 million Americans or 10.5% of the U.S. population have diabetes and 88 million Americans have prediabetes.

 

Whether it’s you or your loved one, proper type 2 diabetes treatment and management are key things to know when it comes to this prevalent disease. In this article, we’ll talk more about type 2 diabetes symptoms, proper management, and lifestyle choices.

Glucose comes from the food that we eat, and is used to fuel our body as it moves throughout our bloodstream. Your body produces the hormones insulin and glucagon in order to regulate glucose in the body. They work together to keep your blood sugar in a very narrow acceptable range of sugar levels. As you digest food, the carbohydrates you ingest are converted into glucose, and then is sent throughout your bloodstream. In response your pancreas produces insulin. The insulin tells the body to distribute the glucose to the rest of the body for immediate energy, and the excess is stored as glycogen to be used as fuel between meals.

Glucagon works in the opposite way, alerting your liver to use your storage of glycogen and triggers about four to six hours after a meal. This creates a sensitive feedback loop between insulin and glucagon that your body is always participating in. It keeps you in motion by ensuring your blood sugar isn’t dipping too low, and that you have a constant stream of energy.

Unfortunately, issues can occur in which your body isn’t producing enough of these hormones, making it far more difficult to regulate your blood sugar levels. When your blood sugar goes unregulated in your body, it can cause a large number of issues. This can be expressed in symptoms found in both low blood sugar and high blood sugar. When untreated and unregulated having blood sugar irregularities can be life-threatening.

Normal blood sugar levels are less than 100 mg/dL after not eating for at least eight hours. And they’re less than 140 mg/dL two hours after eating.

During the day, levels tend to be at their lowest just before meals. For most people without diabetes, blood sugar levels before meals hover around 70 to 80 mg/dL. These numbers can vary from person to person, and it is best to consult with a doctor about what your average blood sugar level should be. If you need to keep a consistent record of your blood sugar levels, it is recommended that you take frequent glucose tests. While this may seem a bit daunting at first, Care Touch’s Blood Glucose Meter is the perfect tool to make keeping track of your blood glucose a simple process. On top of that, it stores your records, so that you have a well-kept account of how foods change your blood sugar levels for future doctor visits.

 

Low Blood Sugar (Less than 70 Mg/dL)

Low Blood Sugar, also known as hypoglycemia, is when your blood sugar has fallen below the 70 mg/dL, and while the numbers may vary from person to person, the symptoms often come on rapidly. It may be a mild reaction, or severe, but the only way to be sure that your blood sugar levels are in the correct range is to test it with a glucometer. Being at a low blood sugar level releases adrenaline in the body, which may express itself in the manner of several of these symptoms. If your blood sugar level is low for too long, it may starve the brain of glucose, resulting in seizures, comas, and rarely deaths.

Symptoms for Low Blood Sugar include:

Feeling shaky

Nervousness or anxiety

Sweating, chills, or clamminess

Confusion

Irritability or impatience

Rapid Heartbeats

Hunger

Nausea

Tiredness

Headaches

Nightmares

Coordination issues

Weakness or lack of energy

Impaired Vision

Numbness in the mouth

Color draining from the skin

Seizures

 

 

High Blood Sugar (Above 240 Mg/dL)

High Blood Sugar, also known as hyperglycemia, is when your body has too little insulin, or cannot produce it correctly. It expresses itself in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. If you have type 1 diabetes it can occur from not taking the right amount of insulin, but if you have type 2, it can come from a lack of proper diet and exercise, or just your body not being able to produce the right amount of insulin. As high blood sugar can lead to serious complications, it is important to be able to recognize the symptoms.

 

 

Symptoms for High Blood Sugar Include:

Fatigue

Headaches

Blurred Vision

Frequent Urination

Increased Thirst

Dry Mouth

Confusion

Shortness in breath

Difficulty Concentration

Abdominal Pain

Lancing Tips And Tricks Updates December 20, 2019

Lancing Tips And Tricks

A lancing device gives a spring-loaded quick prick to the finger in order to quickly draw blood in an almost painless way. However, the feeling of drawing blood with a needle may still have you feeling like a pincushion, so we’ve provided a few tips and tricks to make the process easier.

 

Keep your hands warm:

It may seem simple, but that doesn’t mean it’s obvious. Heating your fingers by rubbing them together, scrubbing them with soap and water, or just providing them with some heat and pressure will increase your blood flow. This will make it easier and less painful!

 

Test the side of your finger:

The side of your finger has better blood flow and is far less painful than testing on the pad of your finger. While there is more space for testing, it doesn’t make it a better area for painless draws.

 

Switch the fingers you use for testing:

Repeatedly using the same finger and spot for readings may cause scarring and calluses.

 

Use the right tools for the job:

Make sure that your lancets are sharp, and that your glucose reading machine is accurate. Each lancet should only be used once, as repeated uses will dull the blade, making it overall more difficult and painful to draw blood. Care Touch Lancets are tripled sharpened to ensure that each blood drawing quick and painless!  

Having an accurate glucose reading machine will ensure that you aren’t wasting your blood and effort on multiple readings. Care Touch also offers a wide range of glucometers that are perfect for on the go testing, and won’t interfere with your new routine.

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is when the force of the blood against your artery walls does damage to your body over time, which may lead to health problems. Hypertension can get worse over time when it is not treated. This can lead to your blood pressure increasing, and eventually developing symptoms associated with hypertension. It is important to recognize these early warning signs so that they can be properly diagnosed and treated.
If you have any of these symptoms, and they remain untreated, it can lead to serious diseases, including eye problems, kidney failure, strokes, or heart disease.

Symptoms May Include:

  • Severe headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Poor vision
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Pounding in your chest, neck, or ears

If you have any of these symptoms, immediately seek help from a medical professional.

Stages Of Hypertension

Prehypertension is 120/80 to 139/89
Normal Blood Pressure

No symptoms.
Continue to make healthy lifestyle choices and have regular doctor visits.

 

Mild Hypertension is 140/90 to 159/99
Elevated Blood Pressure

Adjust your lifestyle with healthy choices. such as cutting down on drinking, smoking, other stress factors, making dietary changes, and exercising more. Diet and exercise changes recommended, followed by a doctor’s visit in 3-6 to reassess your blood pressure.

 

Moderate Hypertension is 160/100 to 179/109
High Blood Pressure 1

Seek professional medical advice from your doctor to assess your 10-year heart disease and stroke risk assessments. If you have less than a 10% risk, make the appropriate lifestyle changes, such as cutting down on drinking, smoking, other stress factors, making dietary changes, and exercising more.
If you have more than a 10% risk, it may be necessary to include medicine accompanied with these lifestyle changes. Follow up with your doctor on a monthly basis until your blood pressure is controlled.

 

Severe Hypertension is 180/110 or higher
High Blood Pressure Stage 2

If your blood pressure is at this stage, you must seek immediate medical help. In addition to the aforementioned lifestyle changes, you may need to take several types of doctor prescribed medicines accompanied. Follow up with your doctor on a monthly basis until your blood pressure is controlled.

 

 

The onset of fall marks a time when the temperature begins to drop and people tend to favor more comforting and hearty dishes – more so because of the upcoming holiday season too. Many fall recipes normally contain a lot of sugar and carbohydrates, which can be concerning if you’re diabetic.

 

After all, consistently monitoring what you eat is a crucial part of diabetes management. While it’s true that you need to stick to a certain meal plan, that doesn’t mean you can’t make diabetes-friendly swaps for your favorite fall dishes. With a bit of creativity and kitchen mastery, you can create low-carb and high-protein dishes that are comforting while still being good for you.

 

Breakfast

Start your day right and fuel your body for the day ahead with a hearty egg casserole. It’s filling, satisfying, and completely diabetic-friendly.

 

Cheesy Egg Casserole

  • 2 slices reduced-fat wheat bread, cubed
  • 1/2 cup liquid egg substitute
  • 1/2 cup fat-free evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat finely shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 4 drops hot red pepper sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced

 

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Coat a 1-1/2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray, and arrange bread cubes in the baking dish.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients – but make sure to leave half of the cheese for garnishing afterward. Pour the egg mixture over the bread cubes. Push the cubes down to the liquid.
  3. Let it stand 5 to 10 minutes and push cubes into the liquid again, ensuring that the bread is well coated. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. 
  4. Cover and bake 15 minutes. Remove cover and bake 10 additional minutes, or until golden brown and knife inserted in center comes out clean. Serve and enjoy immediately.

 

Morning Snack

To keep your energy up and your glucose levels stable, having a healthy snack in between meals is key. Opt for the season’s available vegetables (broccoli, Brussel sprouts, and more) with a side of hummus. 

 

Lunch

Refuel halfway through your day with a protein-packed lunch that’s portioned correctly so you can feel full without feeling overloaded. These turkey muffins are also great to bring along with you as a packed lunch for school or work.

Turkey Sausage Stuffing Muffins

  • 1 tablespoon light margarine
  • 12 ounces lean turkey sausage
  • 1 cup finely diced onion
  • 1 cup finely diced celery
  • 8 slices whole-wheat bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute
  • 1/2 cup low sodium fat-free chicken broth

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. Melt the margarine in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage, onion, and celery and cook 8 to 10 minutes, or until sausage is no longer pink and is beginning to brown, stirring occasionally. 
  3. Transfer the mixture in a large bowl, add the remaining ingredients, and toss until everything is well-mixed.
  4. Place the sausage mixture into each muffin cup. Pressing down gently to ensure that everything is packed together.
  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the muffins are lightly browned on top and heated through. 
  6. Take it out of the oven and let cool 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from muffin tin and serve immediately.  

 

 

Afternoon Snack

 

Take advantage of the abundance of apples during the fall season by making a diabetic-friendly version of the classic baked apples. Simply swap out sugar for your favorite low-carb sweetener and prepare this baked dish as usual. 

 

Dinner

 

Cap off your day with this another hearty casserole! Enjoy this creamy low-carb dish made with squash, chicken, and more!

Chicken and Squash Casserole  

  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 pound zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1 pound yellow squash, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1 (14-1/2-ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 (10-3/4-ounce) can low sodium, cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 4 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sugar-free, whole wheat bread crumbs

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 3-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet over high heat, heat oil and saute the onions, zucchinis, and yellow squash for 10 minutes or until softened. Stir in tomatoes, basil, and garlic powder. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the soup, sour cream, cheese, chicken, and pepper.
  4. In the casserole dish, layer half the vegetable mixture, then half the chicken mixture, and repeat. Sprinkle top with bread crumbs.
  5. Bake in the oven until hot and bubbly – or for about 45 minutes.

 

As you can see from the recipes above, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy the flavors of the fall season, even if you have diabetes. Useful tools such as The Care Touch Glucose Monitor will allow you to take consistent tests on your blood sugar levels frequently and on-the-go so that you can adjust accordingly to changes in your body while trying out new delicious meals. As you can see from the recipes above, you can even have a whole days’ worth of diabetic-friendly foods that are perfect for fall! 

 

Diabetes-Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes 

Thanksgiving can be a hard holiday to navigate for many people due to the high amount of carbs and sugar in traditional recipes. While holidays can be hard especially if you’re diabetic,  the best choice you can make with your health is to take control of your food options and create low carb/low sugar alternatives that will still leave you feeling happy and satisfied.

Healthy home cooking is a good way to take better control of your diet while giving you a chance to make sure Thanksgiving feels less restrictive. Just because it’s diabetic friendly, doesn’t mean your family won’t love it, especially when your stuffing is loaded with delicious ingredients like cheese and spicy sausage!

 

Sides

 

Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower
Carbs- 8g per serving

This recipe is a great alternative for the classic mashed potatoes. You get all of the creamy, buttery, softness of mashed potatoes, but without loads of carbs. It’s the perfect side for any dish, or even just delicious on its own!

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 3 tbsp margarine
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ tsp black pepper

 

Instructions:

  1. Place the cauliflower florets in a large pot and add just enough water to cover.
  2. Cover and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender. Drain and place in a medium bowl.

 

Add the remaining ingredients and beat with an electric mixer until the mixture is well combined.

 

 

Stuffing Made With Low Carb Pumpkin Bread, Spicy Sausage, and Feta  Cheese

Speaking of stuffed, if you’re a big fan of meat, you’ll be happy to know that this stuffing alternative takes all of carbs and sugar out of this traditional filling, and replaces it with a hearty and spicy mix of sausage and cheese. Instead of regular bread, it uses a low carb pumpkin bread, so you still get some delicious added texture to every bite! At an estimated 8.4g of carbs per serving, this alternative will be a well-loved twist on a classic!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups cubed pumpkin bread 
  • 16 oz roll of spicy flavored pork sausage
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chicken or turkey broth
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp of salt-free poultry seasoning
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped


Instructions:

  1. Toast the pumpkin bread cubes in a 350 degree (F) preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
  2. In a medium saute pan, cook the sausage and onions together until the onions are soft and the sausage is fully cooked (about 5 minutes.)
  3. Pour off 1/4 cup of the liquid from the pan.
  4. Add the broth, butter, and seasoning and bring to a boil.
  5. Remove from the heat and gently stir in the bread cubes, feta, and parsley.
  6. Transfer to a baking dish and bake at 375 degrees (F) for 20 minutes or until the top is golden brown and slightly crunchy.
  7. Serve warm within one hour of baking.


Main Course

Zero Carb Herb-Roasted Turkey

Fortunately for most diabetics, skinless turkey is already not only diabetic friendly, but it is also good for your health and can become a staple in your diet. Instead of loading up with gravy, we’re opting for a more rustic approach, by roasting it in herbs and butter. With a turkey this delicious, you’ll only have to worry about controlling your portion size instead of worrying about the flavor!


Ingredients:

  • 1 5-lb turkey breast (skin on, washed and patted dry)
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 3 tsp fresh minced sage
  • 3 tsp fresh minced sage
  • 3 tsp fresh rosemary
  • 5 tsp unsalted softened butter
  • 1 ½ cup of low sodium chicken broth

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large roasting pan with foil. Set a rack inside the roasting pan and coat it with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the butter with 2 tsp each of the sage, thyme, and rosemary, plus salt and pepper. Reserve the remaining 1 tsp of each of the herbs.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine the chicken broth and wine, and bring to a gentle boil. Add the reserved herbs and lower to a simmer.
  4. With your hands, separate the turkey breast skin from the breast meat, creating a pocket without removing the skin. Rube the butter herb mixture all over the breast meat. Place the skin back down on the breast.
  5. Set the turkey on the prepared rack in the pan. (You can also add veggies like peeled carrots, peeled parsnips, onions, or small potatoes to the pan; they will cook along with the turkey.) 
  6. Roast the turkey for about 1 hour, 20 minutes to 1 hour, 40 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 170 degrees F and the juices run clear.
  7.  Baste every 15-20 minutes with a mixture of chicken broth and white wine.
  8. Remove the turkey from the oven, cover loosely with foil, and let stand for 15 minutes before slicing. Discard the skin and serve.

 

Dessert

While the desert section used to just be a no-go for diabetics, over time that line of thinking has shifted. While you can’t indulge in the sugar and carbs, you can still make a beautiful, light, fluffy, and most of all diabetic friendly mousse. If you pipe the mixture into a clear glass, you can add an extra layer of elegance to even this simple and easy to make dessert.

 


Diabetic Friendly Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse
Carbs- 3g per serving

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 – 15 ounce can unsweetened pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup confectioners erythritol 
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract 
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice, more to taste
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream


Instructions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese and pumpkin puree. Using a hand mixing, cream the two together until there are no visible clumps and the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  2. Add the erythritol, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, and heavy cream. Mix until all ingredients are well incorporated.

Refrigerate for an hour before serving.

Outside of recipes, we recommend that you plan ahead by informing your family that you have dietary restrictions, as they are part of your support network. They can help by not tempting you with foods outside of your meal plan. Remember to eat in moderation, while using non-starchy vegetables to fill up. Make sure to take blood sugar readings on the go as well in order to make sure your body is responding to the meal correctly! Devices like the Care Touch Glucometer are meant to travel with you, that way you’re never caught unaware of your body’s needs! Last but not least, make sure to squeeze in some light exercise on the go! A walk around the neighborhood, or just dancing around with the kids is a good way to get some light cardio in while also enjoying time with your loved ones!

Diabetes Support Updates November 14, 2019



When dealing with any kind of health issue, like type 2 diabetes, your level of accessibility to diabetes support is just as important as getting emotional support for your loved ones. Support determines the help you can receive and ensure that you have a better quality of life.

 

Letting People Know

Before you begin looking for support, it’s important to inform your loved ones, your health professionals, and other relevant parties that you have type 2 diabetes. While this can be hard to do, it can bring you peace of mind and even lead you to find the support you need.

 

Your loved ones will be there to offer you help and emotional support and your doctor or trusted health professional can offer better medical advice to improve your health. Your employer may require this information as well in case of a medical emergency while you’re at work. Moreover, some government offices will require this health information as the risk of low blood sugar pr hypoglycemia may impede you from driving and doing other tasks. 

 

Types of Diabetes Support

 

Online Chats, Blogs, and Forums

The internet can provide you with a wealth of free information when it comes to helping you manage your diabetes. What’s good about online platforms is that you can get direct support from other people, meet other people who are living with and managing type 2 diabetes, and find information to help you understand your health condition better.

 

While not face-to-face, the interaction from online chats and discussion boards can give you support that is grounded in the experiences of people who also suffer from diabetes. Blogs, meanwhile, serve as an educational resource that you can find helpful. 

 

This type of support works for people who may not have the time or ability to leave their homes to go to support centers or medical facilities. With online support, they can still find educational materials and emotional support from others. However, given the expanse of the internet, it can be a challenge finding evidence-based information about type 2 diabetes, and some people may seem genuine but may have ulterior motives. As with any online activity, it’s good to be careful on the internet and to be aware of what’s factual and what isn’t.

 

Diabetes Support Apps

If you want more independence and simply want diabetes support that you can access using your phone or device, applications may be a useful tool. With your chosen app, you can customize the settings to fit your needs and goals. Then based on this information, the app can send you alerts and reminders to check your glucose levels, take your insulin, and more. 

 

Other apps also have a feature that allows you direct contact with a lifestyle coach in case the in-app support is not enough. This type of support is great for people who are tech-savvy or lead very busy lifestyles as the app is there to help make diabetes management easier with automated functions and updates.

 

Support Groups

Similar to online forums, diabetes support groups are useful for people who want to learn more about how to live with and manage type 2 diabetes with others. By sharing advice and life experiences, group members can provide encouragement and support to each other to make dealing with type 2 diabetes a team effort as opposed to an individual struggle.

 

While diabetes support groups are not for everyone, these groups can be extremely useful for people who are more outgoing and prefer getting support from people who are like them. Similarly, individuals who lack their support group can benefit from such groups as well. Being in a group makes them feel like they are not alone and can take comfort in the fact that they have support when they need it. 

 

Clinics, Diabetes Centers, and Other Similar Resources

For a more direct line to medical advice and educational materials, going to a medical facility or dedicated diabetic care center is always a great option. You get the support that you need straight from the experts themselves, and you don’t need to stop at your circle of health professionals for advice.

 

Even if you do rely on online sources, apps, or support groups, it’s still good to consult with a professional to supplement the support you receive. After all, if anyone can clear things up, explain things better, or help you get the best support possible – it’s the experts. This support option is the most universal as it benefits everyone with type 2 diabetes, regardless of their lifestyles, needs, and more.

 

Care Touch

At Care Touch, we provide our customers to provide high-quality medical supplies, but we know that there is always more that we can do to support our community. Diabetes care can be a struggle, and finding cheap and effective products to help you should be the very least of your concern. That is why on top of creating high-quality diabetic care products, we work hard to provide information on diabetes home care, as well as tips for efficiently using our products for both you and your loved ones.

 

 

Diabetes Prevention Tips Updates November 12, 2019

 

While some people are born with diabetes and develop it as a child (type 1 diabetes), many people are also at risk of acquiring it later on (type 2 diabetes). There are a number of non-genetic factors that contribute to the onset of diabetes, which are largely from habits we form as people. 

 

Individuals who are prediabetic, for example, need to be more aware of these factors are they are more at risk of developing diabetes. Affecting around 60 million people in the United States alone, untreated prediabetes can develop into diabetes and form adverse health problems in people. However, it can be stopped and even reversed by making better lifestyle changes. 

 

While medication and following a health professional’s advice can help immensely, taking more natural and holistic approaches to your health also has a lot of benefits. If you or a loved one are at risk of diabetes or are already diabetic, here are some things you can actively do to prevent and manage type 2 diabetes:

 

Maintaining a Healthy Weight

 

Whether you’re working towards weight loss or weight maintenance, your goal is to prevent any unhealthy weight gain. Obesity is one factor that can lead to diabetes and making an effort to keep your weight down or at a constant number can help you stay healthy and lower your risk of developing diabetes.

 

Healthy Eating

 

One way you can manage your weight and lower your risk of diabetes is by following a healthy and balanced diet. Excess intake of certain foods (mainly carbohydrate-rich foods) has been linked to Type 2 diabetes or can worsen symptoms in people who already have diabetes. Be careful not to fall for fad diets either, always consult a health professional or nutritionist to find out what diet works best for you.  

 

Regular Exercise

 

A good amount of physical activity that you do regularly has great long-term benefits for your health. It can help you feel physically and mentally better and is another way to manage your weight too. 

 

Cut Out Smoking

 

Tobacco can cause glucose levels to spike up and lead to insulin resistance, which can increase your risk for diabetes – especially if you’re a heavy smoker. Quitting smoking can lead to a lower risk for diabetes and better health, overall.   

 

Keeping a Journal

 

Whether you have diabetes or not, learning about and understanding the changes in your health is much easier to do when you keep a diet journal. Keeping track of your meals, doctor’s visits, and more can help you pinpoint what isn’t working for you and make changes accordingly.

 

Scheduling your Meals

 

Eating at a certain time allows you to have more control over what you eat because you’re not completely at the mercy of whatever is available around you to eat at random times. Aside from being able to bring your own food that you prepare at home, your body becomes conditioned to follow a routine and you will experience hunger pangs a lot less. 

 

Scheduling your meals also makes it easier to check your glucose levels and give yourself an insulin shot because you already know it’s coming and you can prepare yourself.