Developing a Diabetes Routine

Managing your diabetes might seem a little intimidating at first, and you might get overwhelmed with all you have to do. But I have a secret: it’s not that hard! All you really need is to get into a good routine, and you’ll take it in stride.

Daily Schedule

The first thing to work on is getting on a regular schedule with sleeping, eating and taking any medications and/or insulin. When you wake up late for breakfast, your blood sugar can drop. When you miss your meds or eat too big a meal because you skipped lunch, blood sugar levels can spike. By keeping to a routine, it helps keep your blood sugar levels stable.

Routine Checks

Every morning or evening, set aside a few extra minutes for foot and oral health care. This really takes less than 10 minutes but will go a long way in keeping you healthy.

Check your feet for sores, ingrown toenails, swelling or discoloration. Then smooth on some lotion and put on your socks or slippers.

Check your teeth and gums. Floss or use a water pick after you brush.

Check-Ups

You should not skip or put off dental, eye or foot exams, and you’ll need to get your blood work done at least a couple of times per year. Put your check up appointments on your long-term schedule so you don’t miss any.

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