Living With Diabetes

Day-to-day coping with diabetes

Living with diabetes requires putting a lot of daily effort into maintaining your blood sugar levels. Unfortunately, even with perfect monitoring, close diet and a healthy active lifestyle, there are still times when your diabetes will make you feel unwell, and you may even find that you have regular fluctuations in your blood sugar that seem to come from nowhere.

However, diabetes management doesn't have to take over your entire life, and there are plenty of things you can do to help yourself live a normal lifestyle. Controlling and coping with diabetes simply involves planning: you need to know what types of foods and activities are going to be included in your day so that you can accurately plan your medications and testing.

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Living with Type 1 Diabetes

Living with type 1 diabetes can seem a chore at the best of times, with all the blood glucose testing and injections involved in your daily routine. The important thing is that, while you have to acknowledge your special needs, you shouldn't let them stop you from doing all the things you love.

Thinking ahead can help you prevent some of the problems that come with type 1 diabetes. If you know that you're going to be doing a lot of physical activity, make sure to bring along some glucose tablets or some orange juice to keep your sugar levels up. On the other hand, if you know you have a long day ahead of you sitting through meetings, you may want to adjust the amount of carbohydrates in your morning meal to prevent your blood sugar from rising throughout the day.

Living with Type 2 Diabetes

While living with type 2 diabetes often doesn't involve the same number of medications and injections as type 1, it can still be a hassle and you can still easily find yourself not feeling top notch. Managing your type 2 diabetes may involve being stricter with your diet, or working more intently on diabetes exercise, since you may or may not use medication to help manage your blood glucose level.

Planning ahead will help you control your type 2 diabetes, as well. If possible, try to figure out your meals for the day before you head out, so that you can be sure you're getting everything you need from your food. Remember, both high and low blood sugar levels can be dangerous, so keep monitoring your glucose level throughout the day.