“Diabetes complications are preventable,” says WebMD Diabetes Community member NutriJoy, “but that requires a genuine commitment on your part to make whatever lifestyle changes are needed to lower your blood glucose levels as close to ‘normal’ as possible.”
Is your diabetes under control? Take this quiz to find out.
1. I follow a diabetes food plan:
- Every day
- Some days
- I don’t have a food plan
2. I check my feet for cuts and sores:
- When my doctor reminds me
3. I exercise:
- Regularly, checking my blood sugar before and after
- Rarely or not at all
4. I check my blood sugar levels:
- Per my doctor’s instructions
- When it’s convenient
- I rarely remember
1. A healthy diet and regular exercise are the cornerstones of maintaining good blood sugar levels and controlling type 2 diabetes. If you don’t have a diabetes food plan, ask your doctor about seeing a dietitian or nutritionist who specializes in creating these.
2. Ongoing high blood sugar can damage your nerves, including those in your feet, which can make it hard to feel pain. Diabetes can also damage circulation to your feet, making it harder for sores to heal. To avoid foot problems, check your feet every day for cuts, blisters, red spots, and swelling. Take care of your nails and skin, and wear shoes that fit properly.
3. Regular exercise helps control your blood sugar levels, and it keeps you fit. Get 30 to 60 minutes of activity on most days of the week. Check with your doctor before you change your level of daily physical activity.
4. Track your blood sugar the way your doctor tells you to. High blood sugar can make you feel thirsty and tired, cause blurry vision, or make you pee often. Low blood sugar can make you feel weak, tired, confused, or shaky.
Ask Your Doctor
- What kinds of diet and fitness changes should I make to stay healthy?
- What other doctors and medical professionals should I see? How often?
- Will I need to have shots like insulin or take medications? If so, how often?
- How do I avoid complications? What do I need to be aware of?