About two years ago, when Anne Tierney learned she had type 2 diabetes, it
galvanized her. “My diagnosis came as a shock,” says Tierney, who was then
about 40 pounds overweight. “I used to eat chocolate all the time. The day I
was diagnosed, I quit.” She also consulted a nutritionist and hired a personal
trainer. “I knew I had to take action,” recalls Tierney, 51, director of
corporate gifts for Halls Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo.
Her action plan was in keeping with the latest research on...
It can cause you to change the way you take care of
Stress can be mental or physical. Each type of stress causes
a similar chemical reaction in your body. For some people with diabetes,
exercising can offer enough stress release that they do not need to take other
steps. But other people need to try additional ways of managing their
Controlling emotional stress
Many people have
difficulty controlling emotional stress, which can be brought on by many
situations, such as a fight with a loved one, taking care of an aging parent,
worrying about the future, or a difficult job situation.
coping strategies that allow you to control how "stressed out" you get. This
can be accomplished in many ways.
For some people, it helps to put the problem in
perspective: Is this problem really that big a deal?
others, removing themselves from the stressful situation is the only way they
can reduce it. This may mean transferring positions in a company or changing
Whatever your preferred method for controlling emotional
stress, it may be helpful to seek the advice of professionals. Mental health
professionals, including psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, licensed
counselors, and social workers, can help you recognize the unhealthy ways that
you deal with emotional stress and help you develop more constructive
Controlling physical stress
You cannot always avoid
physical stress. At some point you are likely to be ill or experience some type
of injury. In these cases, it is very important to either seek medical
attention or monitor your condition closely. You should also take care not to
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If the level is below 70 or you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.
People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.
Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.
However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.
Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.
One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
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