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Tips for Managing Your Diabetes at Home

 

Every day at J&B Medical Insurance, we help individuals living with diabetes obtain the diabetes supplies they need to manage their condition. Our available diabetes medical supplies for delivery include glucometers, lancets, lancing devices, blood glucose testing strips, and more. We can work with your insurance provider to ensure the process goes as smooth as possible. If you’re in need of quality diabetes supplies that can be delivered right to your door, our team can help.

Other Things to Know about Self-Management besides Acquiring the Right Diabetes Supplies

 

In addition to ordering your diabetes supplies, testing regularly, and reporting to your doctor, there are a variety of lifestyle changes you can make to ensure you are managing your diabetes correctly. The Cleveland Clinic recommends the following:

Eat a healthy diet filled with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean meat. The Cleveland Clinic suggests patients meet with a nutritionist to determine the right amount of carbohydrates and fat to meet your daily caloric needs. A nutritionist may be able to provide you with meal plans, recipes, and other important tools to help you maintain a healthy diet. Use lower sugar options if possible to prevent fluctuations in blood sugar levels.

If you need to lose weight, you should take steps to do that. Controlling the diet will be the most important part of the equation to lose weight, but it is not the only one. Calorie restriction and exercise are incredibly important as well. If you are having trouble keeping your calories in check, you can consult a nutritionist or use an app like MyFitnessPal to track your calories and exercise.

Also, keep in mind that you should exercise even if you don’t need to lose weight. In addition to helping someone lose weight and manage stress, exercise also helps diabetes patients manage blood sugar on its own. Physical activity can lower blood pressure for as long as 24 hours after completion. And it doesn’t need to be a particularly grueling exercise program either. Walking, light weight lifting, and yoga are all activities that can help you manage your diabetes. If you do want start to a new exercise program, we would encourage you to speak with your diabetes team in advance to make sure it is safe.

 

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