So, you have decided you want to doall it takes to get your type 2 diabetesin control—by the end of the summer.Congratulations! But how?
You’ll need to identify what you could bedoing (or not doing) to prevent good bloodglucose control. Here are some suggestionsfor you to consider. Follow them, and you’llbe on your way to meeting your goal.
What Are You Drinking?
Don’t drink regular sodas, sweet tea (if youlive in the South, you know how very sweetthat can be!), Kool-Aid with sugar, morethan half a cup of juice at a time, or morethan two cups of milk a day. Instead, drinkwater, diet sodas, Crystal Lite or Wyler’s Lite,unsweetened tea or coffee or Kool-Aid madewith artificial sweeteners.
Summer Brings Fresh Fruits
How much fruit or starchy foods are youeating? Too much of these foods can causehigh blood glucose levels. Consult with yourcertified diabetes educator and dietitian toreview your meal plan and determine theideal amount of carbohydrate for your mealsand snacks.
Limit Your Sweets
Be sparing with the cake, pies, cookies, candyand ice cream. You can eat small portions onspecial occasions like birthdays or holidays;cut out a serving of starchy food and use thesweet as a substitute. If you do not substitute,you will be getting too much carbohydrate.
Start Up or Maintain a Regular ExerciseProgram, If Your Doctor Approves
Get serious about this; walking around theblock twice a week is not enough! Work up to30 minutes a day of exercise, 5 days a week.Or get a pedometer and aim for 8,000 to10,000 steps each day. Or swim laps five daysper week. Physical activity can help controlblood glucose levels, weight and bloodpressure, and it makes you feel and lookgood, too.
Use Your Insulins Wisely
If you are a type 2 who is on an a basal/bolusinsulin program with Lantus and you take arapid-acting insulin like NovoLog, Humalogor Apidra at meals, consider whether youare eating snacks without taking any rapid-actinginsulin. Rapid-acting insulins aredesigned to be used whenever there iscarbohydrate intake. Skipping this insulinwhen you eat, even just a snack, may result ina high blood glucose.
Record Readings and DosesIn Your Logbook
It’s important to record your blood glucosereadings and medication doses (especiallyif you take varying doses of insulin) ina logbook and evaluate them later forpatterns. And don’t forget to bring your bookand meter to your regular visit with yourphysician or diabetes educator.
Enjoy Your Summer
Set your diabetes self-care goal now, andwith a little extra work and attention over thesummer, you should be in great shape beforethe holidays. And don’t forget to have a littlefun!