"Diabetes is a disease that causes the amount of sugar in the blood to be high."
- Very thirsty
- Very hungry
- A need to urinate frequently
- Dry skin
- Blurred vision
- Numbness and tingling of feet
Stay Healthy – Keep your blood sugar balanced.
Eat right. Eating healthy food will help keep your blood sugar steady. You need to eat at least three meals each day. Eat healthy foods that are low in fat, sugar and salt. Try fruits, vegetables, pasta, grains, low-fat milk and cheese. Cook your food by baking, boiling or steaming instead of frying.
Exercise. Staying active can help control your blood sugar. It will also help your heart work better. You should exercise a little bit each day. Check your blood sugar before you exercise. If it is low, you may need to eat a snack first. If you haven’t exercised in a long time, talk to your health care provider first.
Take your medicine. If you need medication to help control your diabetes, take it regularly. Ask your doctor about when and how to take your medication.
If you have diabetes, be sure that:
- Your doctor checks your feet and eyes every visit.
- You have your 3-month blood test (HbA1c).
- Your eyes are checked by an eye doctor once a year.
- Your doctor tests your cholesterol and your kidney function.
- You keep your blood glucose level as close to normal as you can.
Posted on July 23rd, 2015 and last modified on March 14th, 2018.